Elastomeric Pumps (Eclipse or Intermate Pumps)

An Elastomeric pump is a device that controls the flow rate over a given period of time.  It’s a simple pump to use and you throw it away after the infusion is finished

The eclipse or intermate pump is an elastomeric device used to deliver drugs at a constant flow rate over a certain period of time. The pump comes with an IV filter for safety and is disposable, simply throw it away when you are finished with your infusion.

Price: Depends on drug and volume of diluent
Text Box: First gather all materials together for your infusion. You will need the following:
paper towels
alcohol wipes
Eclipse pump with medication in it
10cc syringes with Normal Saline (Syringe may be 12cc with 10cc of saline in the syringe
5 cc 100U heparin – central access (Syringe may be 12cc with 5cc of heparin in it

You’ll also need an antibacterial soap.

Here is how to do your infusion:
Text Box: 1. Wash hands as you were instructed by your nurse or Doctor. It should be a thorough hand washing, not just a quickie. Use an antibacterial soap such as Dial or a liquid antibacterial soap.
2. Gather necessary supplies, place on a clean dry surface.
3. Wash hands again, after you have assembled everything. This seems repetitive, and it is, but it should be. Use an antibacterial soap such as Dial or a liquid antibacterial soap. Put on Gloves.
5. Check the medication, solution or fluid label for correct patient name, accurate drug, dosage, and expiration date. Check the Eclipse for particles, precipitate, leaks or defects. If present, do not use that Eclipse, use a fresh one and call Infuserve America to report the problem after your infusion is completed.
6. Get the Eclipse and place it in front of you. Look at the IV tubing; you will notice the clamp on the tubing is closed so no liquid will flow through the tubing. The clamp will be closed when you receive your medication. In this illustration it is open.
7. Prime the tubing (that means let the fluid from inside the Eclipse fill up the IV set, or tubing)

You do this by removing the cap (Distal End Cap) from the end of the tubing: open the clamp that is attached to the tubing.
You will see a drop of fluid come out of the end of the line. Clamp the line when the first drop comes out (and there is no air in the line.)

VERY IMPORTANT: If there is air in the line, allow fluid to run until all the air is gone. A few “champagne like bubbles” are no problem, but big spaces of air in the tubing could be a problem. If you see bubbles after you start the infusion don’t worry that white object at the end of the IV line is an air eliminating (and bacteria eliminating) filter. This system is very safe

Then replace the white distal end cap.

8. Swab the adapter (Clave) that is on the end of your IV access. (On the end of the line that goes into your vein). Flush the access route with saline as your nurse instructed. You should have a saline flush (usually 10 ml of saline in a syringe) There should be no resistance when you flush with saline. IF YOU EXPERIENCE RESISTENCE CALL YOUR NURSE OR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY

9. Remove the protective white end cap from the IV line attached to the Eclipse, and insert it into the Clave. Tape securely if desired.

10. Unclamp and allow your IV to run. It should take about as much time as it states on the prescription label.

11. Upon completion of the infusion, close the clamp on the tubing. Remove the end of the IV line from the clave adapter of the access route.

12. Throw the Eclipse pump away, you are finished with it.

13. Flush the access route with saline and Heparin as you were instructed. Remember SASH for Saline, Antibiotic, Saline then Heparin. So you will use Saline after your infusion, and then you will use Heparin as a final flush.

14. Discard all waste and wash hands.