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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17863

Title: Prolonged time to alarm in infusion devices operated at low flow rates.
Authors: Ilan, R
Fowler, RA
Ferguson, ND
Parshuram, CS
Friedrich, JO
Lapinsky, SE
Biason, R
Pinto, R
Etchells, EE
Department: St. Michael's Hospital
Keywords: peristaltic infusion devices
occlusion alarm
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2008
Publisher: Critical Care Medicine -Baltimore-
Citation: Ilan R et al. Prolonged time to alarm in infusion devices operated at low flow rates. Crit Care Med. 2008;36(10):2763-5.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the time to occlusion alarm for peristaltic infusion devices used in Toronto adult critical care units. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Biomedical engineering departments of four Toronto teaching hospitals. SUBJECTS: Twenty peristaltic infusion devices (five Sigma 8000-plus, five Graseby 3000, five Baxter Colleague, and five Alaris 7230B). INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS: Time to occlusion alarm at flow rates of 2, 10, and 100 mL/hr at a full range of available pressure thresholds for occlusion detection, and with commonly used tubing sets. MAIN RESULTS: At default (mid-range) pressure thresholds, mean (SD) time to occlusion alarm was 0.3 (0.1) min at a flow rate of 100 mL/hr, 2.3 (0.5) min at a flow rate of 10 mL/hr, and 11.7 (3.1) min at a flow rate of 2 mL/hr. CONCLUSIONS: Time to occlusion alarm in peristaltic infusion devices is long at low flow rates. Patients receiving important medications with short half-lives at low flow rates could experience clinically important interruptions in treatment. Time to occlusion alarm at high flow rates is short, which could lead to excessive alarms and "alarm mistrust" by clinical staff.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17863
ISSN: 0090-3493
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