Reply To: Alaris Pumps and Bicarbonate IVF

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    March 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    We have had issues for years ever since we started using these pumps (especially with long etoposide infusions, TPN, cyclosporine).  We do have this device called an anti-siphon valve that we can put on the end that sometimes helps (Carefusion will have the ordering info).  You probably want to talk to your rep about the air settings too.  We were conservative at first but did change the air settings eventually as it was driving everyone crazy (nurses and parents). We also made a new library called specialty meds in which the air sensor is really adjusted if it gets bad. 

    Mary Lynn Rae
    Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital
    Chicago, IL
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 03-18-2014 12:24 PM
    From: Chris Donaghey
    Subject: Alaris Pumps and Bicarbonate IVF

    Hello friends,

    Just writing a quick discussion point to see if anyone using Alaris IV pumps has encountered issues with excessive air in line while running bicarbonate fluids. We just started using them a few weeks ago and have already had multiple problems. It’s possible our air settings are too small, but I wanted to see if there are fixes or if these issues are universal.


    Chris Donaghey. RN, BSN, CPN, CPHON
    Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent

    Chris Donaghey
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States

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