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Nurs Times. 2010 Dec 7-13;106(48):16-8.

Exploring the clinical effects of height elevation and depression on syringe pumps.

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Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering, University Hospital Coventry.


Research has shown that the positioning of syringe pumps can have a significant effect on the amount of drug delivered t opatients. This article explains the effects of raising and lowering syringe pumps in relation to the entry site, and its impact on drug delivery. It also discusses drugs which are particularly associated with risks to patients when the device height is changed, and measures to reduce the clinical impact of height elevation and depression of infusion lines, including training.

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