Letter to the editor
Editor, I refer to the article 'Infusion pumps: guidelines and pitfalls' by Mr R. Ferrari and Dr D. Beech (Aust Prescr 1995;18:49-51).
I have seen an inexpensive controlled rate infusion device which may be useful in palliative care. The device is a silastic bulb which is pre filled with the medication in solution, and connected to the infusion needle (whether subcutaneous, or into an intravenous sidearm) by the special rate controlling connector. The cost of each device is so low that they are disposable.
I would like to know why this equipment was not discussed in the article.
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