How to Set Up and Start Your Enteralite Infinity Feeding Pump from Shield HealthCare
Hi, I’m Amy Carrera, Corporate Dietitian
at Shield HealthCare. So I’m going to show
you how to start your feeding using the
Infinity EnteraLite feeding pump today.
We have it on an IV pole. It doesn’t
always have to go on a pole, but today
we’ll show you how to start your feeding
on the pole. So we start with our feeding
bag. This is the feeding bag that goes
with this pump. This is the smaller size.
There’s also a larger size. We’re going
to start with a small one today. We’re
gonna open the cap, that’s the first step —
after you wash your hands, of course.
We’re gonna open the cap. It’s kind of
like a gas cap in that you have to push
it down and twist it or twist it and
pull it up, so that it has a good seal and
doesn’t let any air in. So when you’re pouring
your formula in you want to be careful
that you don’t spill it everywhere. So, you
want to make sure you pull out the back
of the bag so that you let a little air
in there and — we’re gonna come over here.
You want to shake the formula so that
anything that separated comes back
together. Start pouring it in. You’re
probably going to want to make sure that
the end is capped and then you’ll pour your
formula in. We’ll just fill it up halfway.
Then, number one you want to get any air
out of the bag. You don’t like the air
going into your stomach. So you can start
that process by kind of squeezing the
bag. Squeeze as much air as you can, then
you want to cap it — remember you have to
make sure that it twists on well so no
air can get in there. There’s another way
to prime the pump manually to get even
more air out. This is a faster way than
doing it by the automatic way on the
pump. There’s a little teardrop etched on
to this blue tubing. Push that teardrop
down and as you squeeze the bag, what
that does is allow air to go through
here, it opens up
this tubing, so you can squeeze the bag
and see the formula pushing the air out.
And that’s how you manually prime the
bag. You can also choose to have the pump
do the priming, or the air removal, for
you. So first we’re going to load the set.
All you do is pull this tubing over this
round, black plastic piece here — that’s
the rotor. You might have to stretch it a little
bit, but then it fits right in there.
You close the door and then we turn the pump
on. It’s gonna go through a series of
numbers while it kind of warms up. You
want to make sure you always keep your
pump plugged in as much as possible — that
helps extend the battery life. So now
we’ve got the pump turned on. We’re going
to set a rate that we want the feeding
to run, but first we’re going to
finish priming it to release any air out
of the bag. So you can either put the end
of this into a cup or you can just put
your finger on the end or just watch it
and make sure that the formula doesn’t
go out. Because as long as you’re holding
down this prime button the formula is
gonna go through. So you can see it going
through, you can hear the rotor
turning, you know it’s working. Then we’re
gonna see it come out the other end here.
If you want to stop priming, you just let
go of that button. Otherwise you need to
hold it down until you get to the end.
So you’re basically going to push all of
the air out to the end of this tubing,
and you’ll see the formula go down, and
the purpose of that, again, is to make
sure that you’re not getting any air
into your stomach, because that can cause gas
and bloating and, of course, be uncomfortable.
So once we’re done priming, then we can
set a rate for how fast we want the pump
to go. So we’ll go ahead and do that. On
the screen here it says “rate.” If you were
to push this “rate/dose” button, it’ll
say “dose,” so let’s start with the rate.
We’ll go back to the rate screen. Right
now it says 250. It’s set for two hundred
and fifty milliliters per hour.
If you don’t want it to go that fast,
you’re gonna hit this “subtract” button
here, down to the rate that you want it at.
Let’s say we want it at a hundred — oops we went too far. That’s okay, we can
keep going back up the other way, ’til we
get to a hundred. Now we’re set for 100. If you
want to set the dose, then we’re gonna
hit this “rate/dose” key again and
we’re going to go to the dose screen.
Notice right now it’s at 0.1 we want to
get rid of that decimal point. People can
make a mistake and accidentally put a
dose of 0.7 or
7.0 instead of 70. So we want to make
sure we get rid of that decimal point. So
we’re just hitting that “plus” button
until we get to the dose that we want.
We’ve filled the bag up about halfway, so
let’s say we want the dose to be 250. We
can set the dose to 250 and that’s how
much formula is gonna run through. And
then the pump is going to stop when it’s done
infusing 250 milliliters. If we just want
the pump to keep running until it’s
empty, then that’s called the Infinity setting.
So we can just hit this “plus” button, push
it down all the way until it gets to INF
which stands for infinity. That means the
pump will not stop until it’s out of
formula. There we are at INF. So we’ve set
the pump to run at 100 milliliters per
hour until as long as we have formula in the
bag. Now we can hit our “run” button and
the formula will start infusing, and
there you see it going through. And
that’s how you start your feeding with
the Infinity Pump. Thank you very much.