State-of-the-Art Drug Infusion Pump Treats Chronic Pain PatientsSeptember 23, 2013
Flowonix Medical recently announced the very first implant of its Prometra ® programmable infusion pump in a chronic pain patient in Edina, Minnesota. The procedure, performed by Dr. Matthew G. Thorson, involved implanting the device in the patient’s abdomen around the belt line. A thin catheter was then attached to the pump and fixated in the intrathecal area of the patient’s lower spine.
"I believe intrathecl drug delivery offers patients suffering from uncontrolled pain or side effects associated with oral pain relievers an important alternative. What's more, this new technology offers economic benefits as well and may serve to reduce costs associated with long-term pain management." said Thorson.
Intrathecal drug pumps are small, self-contained, battery-powered devices which aim to provide safe, dependable drug dosage directly to the spinal area, automatically. The Prometra ® pump boasts of accurate and reliable dosing as well as having the longest-lasting battery life among all the existing programmable pumps in the market.
"Implantable pump longevity is a very important factor to consider when selecting a drug pump," stated Steven Adler, CEO of Flowonix Medical. "When we designed the Prometra pump, emphasis was placed on efficient design to maximize the device's service life. The longer the device lasts, the longer the duration between implant procedures. This may result in less risk to patient and lower costs to the healthcare system."
An estimated 116 million people in the US suffer from chronic pain, with many cases not having proper and controlled pain medications. If left untreated chronic pain may lead to disability, depression and a reduced quality of life. Intrathecal pain therapy provides an alternative to ineffective oral medication and has been noted by studies to improve quality of life and cost of care.
As medical advancements in infusion systems continue to arise, it is important for hospitals and healthcare providers to have up-to-date and properly serviced infusion pumps. AIV offers parts and services for most leading infusion pumps. Browse through AIV’s replacement pump parts and repair services at www.aiv-inc.com/iv-infusion-pump-replacement-parts.html
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