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A syringe driver is a small infusion pump, used to gradually administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient. An infusion pump or perfusor infuses fluids, medication or nutrients into a patients circulatory system. ... In pharmacology and toxicology, a route of administration is the path by which a drug, fluid, poison or other substance is brought into contact with the body 1. ...

The most popular use of syringe drivers is in palliative care, to continuously administer analgesics (painkillers), antiemetics (medication to suppress nausea and vomiting) and other drugs. This prevents periods during which medication levels in the blood are too high or too low, and avoids the use of multiple tablets (especially in people who have difficulty swallowing). As the medication is administered subcutaneously, the area for administration is practically limitless, although oedema may interfere with the action of some drugs. Palliative care: To palliate means to cover or cloak. ... An analgesic (colloquially known as painkiller) is any member of the diverse group of drugs used to relieve pain and to achieve analgesia. ... An antiemetic is a drug that is effective against vomiting and nausea. ... Nausea (Greek Ναυτεία) is the sensation of unease and discomfort in the stomach with an urge to vomit. ... Vomiting (or emesis) is the forceful expulsion of the contents of ones stomach through the mouth. ... Swallowing, known scientifically as deglutition, is the reflex in the human body that makes something pass from the mouth, through the esophagus. ... The subcutis is the layer of tissue directly underlying the cutis. ... Edema (BE: oedema, formerly known as dropsy) is swelling of any organ or tissue due to accumulation of excess fluid. ...

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Syringe driver manual - North Cumbria Palliative Care (447 words)
It is essential the operator identifies the model of syringe driver being used and understands the difference between the two models.
Using the 'mm' measuring scale on the side of the syringe driver (Diag.
Place the syringe on top of the driver so that the syringe finger grip fits into the slot in the syringe driver case (Diag.
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