A Brief Look at Syringe Pumps – History and Applications

Syringe Pumps have been in use for more than 50 years by scientists and researchers to save lives and to conduct high-impact research. These pumps are used to control the flow of fluid with a high level of precision.

Researchers originally developed infusion pumps, of which syringe pumps are one type, for controlled drug delivery. The first infusion pump was invented by Christopher Wren in 1658. Further developments, continued only in the 20th century, progressed from an infusion pump for use in chemotherapy to computerized pumps and pump miniaturization – increasing the use of these pumps in research. The early 21st century, saw the development of “smart pumps” bringing with it an increase in versatility for research purposes and safety to patients.

There are two broad types of syringe pumps viz. Medical Infusion pumps and Research Syringe pumps. The former are used to deliver controlled quantities of fluids such as nutrients, drugs and blood to patients where safety is a major criterion in order to prevent any harm or injury. The latter are used in research laboratories in applications such as microfluidics, chemical development and mass spectrometry where smaller volumes, in the region of nanoliter accuracy, is required.

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