Assessing patient preference for two types of elastomeric infusion device

Br J Nurs. 2007;16(19):1180, 1182-5. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2007.16.19.27356.


Home administration of antibiotic therapy to cystic fibrosis patients is one of many applications for the use of elastomeric infusion devices. Patient acceptability can significantly affect adherence to complex drug regimens with concordance being a concern in this patient population. While patient acceptance is often cited as a factor in pump selection, patient preference has not been assessed within a particular class of infusion device. The objective of this study was to assess patient preference for one type of elastomeric infusion device (Baxter Intermate--hard-shelled design) or another (Fresenius Kabi Eclipse--soft-shelled design). Twenty-four patients entered the study. 20/24 (83%) patients expressed a preference for the Eclipse, while 4/24 (17%) stated no preference for either device. The Eclipse device was found to be much more favourable in terms of comfort and discreetness. Patient preference should therefore be given significant consideration in order to maximize concordance with drug regimens.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / drug therapy*
  • Elastomers
  • Equipment Design
  • Home Care Services / standards*
  • Humans
  • Infusion Pumps*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Elastomers