Ambulatory infusion pumps were a critical addition to the infusion therapy
market, as they allowed patients to be more mobile during therapy sessions.
These devices were usually battery-powered and could be placed in a backpack
or pocket. They are inexpensive and easy to use, and free up hospital beds for
patients with more debilitating ailments. The rise of the home and alternate
care segments in the medical device market not only increased the need for
ambulatory infusion pumps, but also allowed device manufacturers to develop a
new type of device for the specific needs of these segments. These alternate
care settings tend to be much more sensitive to device cost and overhead costs
associated with the infusion therapy. Conventional infusion pumps not only
require a large initial investment to purchase, but there are also additional
costs associated with maintenance and sterilization. Additionally,
conventional infusion pumps, particularly those referred to as smart pumps,
which have extensive drug libraries and safety features, can require extensive
training before they can be used properly and effectively.