Infusion and Nutrition Systems
Drugs that are effective in even the smallest doses are often no longer administered using a needle. With syringe pumps, these highly effective substances can be administered via a vein over longer periods of time. Even the smallest quantities can be precisely dosed. Fresenius Kabi's medical devices are also used to administer infusion solutions. Syringe pumps are used for the precise administration of drugs even in very small quantities (0.1 to 200 milliliters per hour), while volumetric infusion pumps are used for the precise administration of larger quantities (1 to 1,500 milliliters per hour). Fresenius Kabi is among the leading manufacturers of pumps for infusion and clinical nutrition in Europe.
Patients who are either unable to eat, prohibited from eating, or unwilling to eat require individualized nutritional therapy to prevent malnutrition and thereby influence the course of the disease in a positive way. Enteral nutrition is generally to be preferred if the function of the gastrointestinal tract is still intact and if there are no contraindications. The advantages of enteral nutrition therapy are the physiological routes of application, direct supply to the intestine, maintenance of the mucosa and barrier function, lower complication rates and high cost-effectiveness. Enteral nutrition can also be combined with parenteral nutrition for critically ill patients. To ensure that the required nutrients can be administered, Fresenius Kabi offers a wide range of medical products for both inpatient and outpatient care. Patients in intensive care, gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, and pediatrics can be individually supplied with latex- and plasticizer-free transnasal and percutaneous feeding tubes, nutrition pumps, pump and gravity transfer devices including all supplies.
The effectiveness of a nutrition therapy depends not only on the selection of suitable nutrition components and probe position, but also essentially on the dosage and speed of application as well as practical feasibility. For this purpose, Fresenius Kabi offers Amika® nutrition pumps, a reliable and user-friendly application technology for safe and effective nutrition therapy. The Amika® nutrition pumps feature a compact design for convenient use in both inpatient and mobile, outpatient settings. Sophisticated programming options allow a variety of dosage settings for continuous and intermittent application of tube feeding and fluids. Multiple alarm functions and the integrated connection for nurse call ensure safe and reliable application management. The Amika® pump range is complemented by customized technical accessories that further facilitate the handling and use of the feeding pumps.
Gastrointestinal application of nutrients utilizes and maintains physiological regulatory mechanisms of the body. For example, enteral nutrition provides for maintenance of the intestinal mucosa as a natural barrier to bacteria and stimulation of gastrointestinal hormones.
Because enteral nutrition, as opposed to parenteral nutrition, is generally the more physiological form of nutrient delivery, it should always be chosen as a priority for patients with a functioning gastrointestinal tract.
When selecting enteral access, a distinction is made between transnasal and percutaneous feeding tubes. The tube feeding can be gastric and/or intestinal.
Fresenius Kabi offers a complete range of feeding tubes for all indications, from transnasal single- and multi-lumen feeding tubes to percutaneous feeding tubes in the form of initial insertion and exchange systems, which use particularly tissue-friendly and radiopaque materials.
Please visit Clinical Nutrition for further information on parenteral nutrition.