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Precision in Medical Dosing: The Critical Role of Accurate Balances in Modern Infusion Pump Technology 

Balances must meet the stringent requirements of infusion pumps, ensuring precise medication dosages and enhancing patient care

In the medical arena, precise provision of medication dosages is essential for patient health, especially when medications are administered in high concentrations for target disease treatments and personalized therapies. Given the small volumes and high concentrations involved, even the slightest deviations in flow rate can hold a significant risk factor for the health of patients. For example, an overdose of insulin could lead to severe hypoglycemia. 

The Critical Role of Accurate Balances in Modern Infusion Pump Technology

For these reasons, and to prevent such instances, infusion pumps must undergo rigorous type testing, such as flow rate assessments using the gravimetric method. As such, balances must be able to precisely detect the very low flow rates observed in modern infusion pumps (as low as 0.01 mL/h), and maintain stable measurements between pump activations. At the other extreme, for high flow rates (as high as 1200 mL/h), balances must be able to respond rapidly to acquire precise, timestamped data. 

These varying demands necessitate highly sensitive and accurate balances to ensure the safe and effective operation of infusion pumps. 

Download this article to learn about: 

  • Detailed recommendations on selecting the right balances, and the optimal configurations required 
  • Common sources of error such as balance drift, temperature and humidity fluctuations, and electrostatic charges 
  • Insights on the effects of errors and strategies for mitigation 
  • Sartorius’ Cubis® and Cubis® II Balances in collaboration with B. Braun and how they are the ideal solutions due to their high resolution, capacity, and minimal linearity deviation

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