EURAMET research improves flow measurements for safer drug delivery

Delivering drugs to patients in intensive care

As our global population continues to grow and demands for healthcare start to radically change, medical services around the world are having to deal with immense pressures. In particular, healthcare systems are continually striving to strengthen their acute and intensive care capabilities to treat the most vulnerable patients in society in the safest and most efficient ways.

For diabetics, neonates, palliative care and patients undergoing anaesthesia – as well as for patients in intensive care units – low flow rate drug delivery is required to administer vital drugs as safely as possible. These patients, in fact, often require a high dosage of medication to be delivered continuously over several hours, and so infusion systems that transport drugs from a drug reservoir to a patient must be capable of pumping at rates even slower than the millilitre per hour range.

The outcomes of a specific project (under EURAMET’s European Metrology Research Programme) has made it possible to accurately calibrate entire drug infusion systems, and to assess the performance of drug delivery devices on the whole. The measurement research project has improved traceability for new, considerably lower flow rates required by hospital drug infusion systems, in addition to developing measurement tools that will minimise dosing errors. Most importantly, project-developed facilities will enable hospital meters to be routinely calibrated in-house, instilling greater confidence in the ability of clinical staff to deliver life-saving drugs to critically unwell patients.

To read the full EMRP case study referred to in this story, please follow this link: Better flow measurement, safer patients

This EMRP joint research project is part of EURAMET’s European Metrology Research Programme. The EMRP is jointly funded by the EMRP participating countries within EURAMET and the European Union.

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