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Pumps designed to deliver feeding solutions through temporary or surgically implanted feeding tubes. They control flow of liquid feeding solutions using a rotary peristaltic pump or linear peristaltic pump. They have a memory function for different settings, as well as audio/visual alarms to warn of flow changes or malfunctions.
1. Feeding pumps are included at no charge from most suppliers, with the purchase of administration sets. It is usually recommended to use the dedicated food pump sets supplied by the manufacturer.
2. When facilities are using alternate-source feeding pump sets, they should test them for proper performance. Facilities should only purchase food pumps that use administration sets with connectors that are incompatible with those for intravenous infusion.
3. The battery in ambulatory feeding pumps should run for 12 to 24 hours at a time. Pole-mounted or tabletop pumps should run for at least 2 to 4 hours; batteries should recharge in less than 8 hours.
4. Facilities should look at the following factors before making an enteral feeding pump purchase: life cycle cost, discount rates and non-price related benefits offered by the supplier, and standardization with existing equipment. These are important because the feeding pumps use disposable accessories.
5. To compare high-cost alternatives to enteral feeding pumps and to determine the economic value of a single alternative, facilities can use a life cycle cost analysis. They can use life cycle cost analysis techniques to examine the cost-effectiveness of leasing or renting feeding pump equipment versus purchasing it outright.
6. Life cycle cost analysis examines the cash flow impact of initial acquisition costs and operating costs over a period of time, and therefore it is most useful for comparing alternatives with different cash flows and for revealing the total costs of feeding pump equipment ownership.