IV Pumps

This document contains information on the common types of IV pumps you may encounter as well as the common problems and troubleshooting steps for handling IV pumps.

Common Types of Pumps

Baxter Flo-Gard 6201


This pump's important features are as follows:
  • 'Auto-restart' feature (making it a great choice as it will be less likely to stop overnight).
  • Does not use 'Leading Edge' IV lines, which are too thick. Use thinner IV lines with screw on ends.
  • The red safety clamp must be set to 'open' before the door can be closed otherwise it will sound an 'occlusion' alarm.
  • The VTBI (volume to be infused) counts downward from the initial set volume

Leading Edge Conmtrol-V 935i


This pump's important features are as follows:
  • Must use 'Leading Edge' lines
  • The VTBI (volume to be infused) counts upwards from zero to the set volume
  • Flow-rate should be set on mL/hr and volume should be set on ACC mL

Baxter Flo-Gard 6200


This pump's important features are as follows:
  • Not reliable, and may turn off unexpectedly; use on less critical dogs if possible
  • Must be charged on 'OFF' setting while plugged in for at least 24 hours
  • The VTBI (volume to be infused) counts downwards from the set volume
  • Does not use 'Leading Edge' IV lines, which are too thick. Use thinner IV lines with screw on ends.

Practivet HK-100 II Vet

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlnsYnCGOKA for basic operating instructions.

This pump's important features are as follows:
  • The VTBI should be set in mL at amount just below what is in the bag or combined bags and of course must be enough to make it at least 12 hours to the next shift.
  • Flow-rate should be set in mL/hr 
  • Mode should be "Rate Mode" as shown in below picture.  If display shows any other mode (ie Time Mode, Drip Mode, or WT Mode) use the "switch" button to change back to Rate Mode.

Troubleshooting

Common Causes of Problems

The following include the most common reasons IV Pumps will occlude:
  1. Occlusion
    • Kink in the line - check to make sure the line is not tangled or kinked and that the line is open.
    • Blood clot - inside the catheter, vein, or the IV line
    • Positional catheter - the catheter becomes occluded when the puppy's leg is not extended.
    • Blown catheter - the catheter is no longer in the vein
  2. Upstream Occlusion
    • The fluid is going upstream instead of down streatm
  3. Air
    • bubbles inside the pump door are being detected by the pump.
    • The line is damage/squished such that the pump is detecting it as air.
  4. Low battery
    • Pump is not plugged into outlet
    • Cable is not plugged into pump securely
    • Pump is broken
The following charts can be used as references for helping resolve pump problems.

Troubleshooting Occlusion Problems

Troubleshooting Low Battery Problems

Troubleshooting Air Problems