Infusion therapy is the administration of medication intraveniously through a needle or catheter. Among the essential products are infusion solutions, medical devices, blood volume replacement solutions, and medical products such as rinsing solutions as well as intravenously-administered drugs.
Infusion solutions, for example, comprise electrolyte and glucose solutions as well as concentrated carbohydrate solutions, infusion solutions containing electrolytes and substrate solutions for drugs. Volume replacement solutions based on hydroxyethyl starch (HES) are used to increase plasma volume.
Intravenous administration of drugs is indispensable today. A patient is administered drugs intravenously, meaning directly into a vein. This type of administration is used in cases of emergency, since the drug this way reaches the entire human body directly through the bloodstream and can be effective within a few seconds. Drugs are also administered intravenously in intensive care and during surgeries. Physicians decide to administer drugs via the vein particularly when patients are no longer able to take drugs orally or if the digestive tract no longer functions properly.
Fresenius Kabi offers a wide range of generic intravenously administered drugs. Primarily severely ill patients in hospitals are treated with these drugs – for example at emergency wards and intensive care units. Analgesics and anesthetics as well as antibiotics and antiinfectants are among these drugs.
Analgesics eliminate or decrease sensitivity to pain. Patients at emergency wards receive these preparations intravenously during or after surgical procedures.
Through intravenous anesthetics, such as Propofol, anesthesia can be induced or maintained. Furthermore, these drugs are used in intensive medicine for long-term sedation: Patients are put into an artificial coma to support their healing process. Fresenius Kabi also offers products for this application.
Antibiotics treat bacterial infections, which can have many different causes. Fresenius Kabi offers a large selection of different active ingredient categories. Among these are the most important antibiotic groups such as penicillins, cephalosporins and quinolones. Some of these products have a limited stability in liquid form and are therefore offered as sterile powder products, which are dissolved shortly before administration. Other substances are available as a ready-to-use solution in infusion bottles or infusion bags.
Other antiinfectants that Fresenius Kabi offers include drugs such as acyclovir that are used to treat viral infections.
In addition to these product groups, Fresenius Kabi offers drugs that are used to stabilize the cardiovascular function of patients receiving intensive and emergency care and to treat gastrointestinal problems.
It is often not possible for a physician to administer medications that are effective at the lowest dosages with a customary needle. With syringe pumps, these highly effective drugs can, however, be administered through the vein for longer periods of time. The smallest amounts can be exactly dosed this way. Fresenius Kabi’s infusion devices are also used to introduce infusion solutions. Syringe pumps precisely administer small quantities (0.1 to 200 milliliters per hour) while volumetric infusion pumps are used to deliver 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.
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