Infusions and infusion pumps

The word infusion in PICU means giving fluids directly into the bloodstream. Machines called infusion pumps are used to do this. Infusions often contain liquid medicines.

First, a small plastic tube is inserted into a child's vein. The veins used for infusions are usually in the neck, the groin or the arms. This small tube in the vein is then connected to the infusion pump. An infusion bag with the liquid for the body is attached to the pump.

Many kinds of medicines can be given via an infusion pump. Examples are antibiotics, strong heart medicines such as adrenaline and blood pressure medicines.

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This page was reviewed by a paediatric intensive care medicine specialist in July 2022.

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