ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it launched the CADD®-Solis VIP ambulatory infusion system with CADD™-Solis medication safety software in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The new system is already available in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the Middle East.

The CADD®-Solis VIP (variable infusion profile) system is a multi-therapy infusion platform that includes a Smart infusion pump, medication safety software, and dedicated medication cassette reservoirs that attach to the pump. The new system leverages the same software and hardware features of the Smart CADD®-Solis hospital pain management system that Smiths Medical introduced in 2008. However, the new CADD®-Solis VIP system was adapted to incorporate homecare-desired features for safety, ease of use, mobility, and reliability.

"Smart infusion devices have been widely adopted in hospitals as a means to help reduce the risk of medication delivery errors and improve efficiencies," said Tommy Johns, Vice President Global Product Management. "Until now, however, Smart infusion systems have not been designed for home patients or the professionals who care for them. The new CADD®-Solis VIP system provides enhanced safety features and convenience for health care providers who want to provide optimal care for their infusion patients in either the home or hospital."

The CADD®-Solis VIP system includes five delivery modes: Continuous, Intermittent, Taper, PCA and Step, which allow it to be used for a variety of therapies including TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), chemotherapy, hydration, pain management, and IVIG (Intravenous Immunoglobulin or when a blood product is administered intravenously) for adult and pediatric patients. The pumps patient-focused user interface displays therapy information in an easy-to-understand format to help reduce training time, and the medication safety software allows clinicians to download therapy information directly from their PC computer into the pump and also view reports on patient data and infusion delivery history for quick and easy therapy assessment and continuous quality improvement.

The new CADD®-Solis VIP system will allow health care providers to have confidence in reliable infusion pump performance, the ability to send and receive accurate medication delivery information more efficiently, and to help protect their patients from medication errors.

The CADD®-Solis VIP system is currently under FDA review and is not available for sale in the U.S.A.

CADD®-Solis VIP Ambulatory Infusion System Components:

CADD®-Solis VIP Ambulatory Infusion Pump – a versatile pump for multiple therapies including TPN, Intermittent, Continuous, PCA and Step. The large, therapy-specific color screens easily differentiate each delivery mode and provide intuitive, easy-to-use navigation. The on-board library holds up to 500 protocols, and pharmacist-defined soft and hard limits provide clinician control and medication safety.

CADD™-Solis VIP Medication Safety Software - Administrator – designed to help reduce the risk of medication delivery errors, the Windows®-based PC Administrator software allows home care pharmacists to enter and store custom therapy-based protocols, drug names, concentrations and dosing limits for standardized programming downloads to CADD®-Solis VIP pumps.

CADD™ Medication Cassette Reservoirs and Administration Sets – exclusive reservoirs and sets contain or connect to medication and fit securely onto CADD®-Solis VIP pumps for increased medication security. The pump with reservoirs can fit easily into a pouch so patients can be mobile during therapy.

About Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical is a leading supplier of specialized medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people in more than 50 countries.

Posted by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT