mpSmart-Dosing - A dosing system with great possibilities
Medical systems used for ambulatory and home care infusion pumps today are outdated and do not take advantage of current options. Even though in some applications, the accuracy of the dosage can determine the success of a therapy or even life or death. Well-known examples are chemo- and pain-therapies. For reasons of expense or convenience, simple elastomer pumps are still used but the infusions are purely mechanical.
According to international standards, the tolerance of the flow rate for drugs is high with ±15%. In addition, the application under daily life-circumstances is difficult to realize. Elastomer pumps have a concave pressure profile: the flow rate is higher than the set value at the beginning and lower at the end. Therefore medication is under- and overdosed.
Further issues such as system plugging can only be detected by human monitoring. Due to various factors, such as viscosity and temperature, elastomer pumps are very specifically adapted to drugs. Consequently, a better alternative that is affordable, effective and meets all quality standards is required.