J Korean Soc Emerg Med.  2012 Feb;23(1):74-77.

The Effects of Vehicle Movement/ Operation on Fluid Flow Regulators During Patient Transport

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan, Korea. mdgarden@gmail.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
Evaluation of the effects of a vehicle's movement/ operation on fluid flow regulators during patient transport. To determine whether or not vehicle trembling during idling and movement during patient transport are factors affecting the velocity of fluid injection.
METHODS
The volume of fluid, as measured in an idling or moving vehicle, was evaluated using three different types of marketed flow regulators at three different injection speeds: 10, 20 and 40 ml/hr.
RESULTS
In all cases, when the vehicle was idling or in motion, discrepancies were observed between the pre-calculated amount of fluid and the actual amount of fluid injected. However, a greater discrepancy was observed to exist in a moving vehicle.
CONCLUSION
The trembling and movement of a vehicle during patient transport affects fluid injection results.

Keyword

Infusion pump; Transportation of patients; Fluid therapy
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