Curlin Medical's infusion pumps should be tested for safety

May 30, 2008

ECRI Institute finds that Curlin Medical's infusion pumps may be be administering too much medication.

Hospitals and home care providers that are using Curlin Medical’s 2000 CMS, 4000 CMS, 6000 CMS, and PainSmart pumps should test them immediately for potential overinfusion of medications. This priority alert was issued by ECRI Instititute, a nonprofit organization that conducts applied scientific research to improve patient care. ECRI said that its own testing of the pumps found that doors on the pumps don’t fully compress tubing during operation. This may result in intermittent gravity flow, releasing medication too quickly. The only way to tell if a pump has a door problem is by testing. The group also advised users to test the pumps every three months for safety.

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