B. Braun gains patent for wireless capability on IV pump
B. Braun Medical Inc. has been granted a patent for its wireless communications pump technology.

The Outlook Safety Infusion System 300 model, planned to be available by the end of the year, allows transmission of infusion data across a hospital's existing wireless network. From electronic charting to terminals within the hospital, clinicians can view the IV infusion status without being at the bedside.

Furthermore, when combined with bar code technology to help reduce medication errors, electronic data entry and real-time IV infusion data can be used together to help streamline the process of getting the right medication to the right patient, the company said.

During the first half of 2005, B. Braun said it plans to introduce the Outlook 400 model. In addition to the features of the Outlook 300, the Outlook 400 also has the capability of receiving wireless infusion data from compatible point-of care systems. This feature provides another means to automate programming of infusion parameters, thereby decreasing the amount of manual steps necessary to enter infusion data.