Baxter is a well known brand in medical technologies and medical equipment and have been developing volumetric infusion pumps for many years. Infusion pumps are used to deliver intravenous fluids and medications to patients in controlled amounts over time through intravenous giving sets. Infusion pumps are generally utilised when the medication being administered has a very narrow therapeutic index (meaning that the difference between adequate dose, drug overdose and inadequate response is very small).
By using a mechanic infusion pump, such as a baxter infusion pump, the risks associated with administering medications such as potassium is greatly reduced.
Few ambulance services utilise Baxter Infusion Pumps in their ambulance due to the difficulty managing any infusion pump in a moving vehicle. In general, Ambulance only use Baxter Infusion Pumps for low speed, routine transfers of patients, who require ongoing IV medication administration. One common example of this is a heparin infusion for patients who are at a high risk of vascular clots.