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Institute Issues Alert about Infusion Pumps

ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that researches the efficacy of medical devices, has issued an alert about four brands of infusion pumps from Curlin Medical. The institute says the 2000 CMS, 4000 CMS, 6000 CMS, and PainSmart pumps present a risk of medication overinfusion. When engineers at ECRI Institute’s medical device laboratory tested the pumps, they found that doors on the pumps do not fully compress tubing during operation, which may result in intermittent gravity flow, releasing medication too quickly.

May 28, 2008

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Institute Issues Alert about Infusion Pumps

There may be no visible indication that a pump permits gravity flow.The institute says that volume testing is the only way to determine whether a particular pump has a door problem, and recommends that users perform such a test immediately, and every three months thereafter.

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