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Health care providers use a CADD Solis pump to give medicine into your child’s vein (an infusion.) The medicine helps reduce pain after surgery.
The health care provider inserts a small tube (catheter) under your child’s skin, near the area whey they had surgery. The provider attaches the CADD Solis pump to the catheter. The pump slowly gives pain medicine. The pump comes in a bag, so your child can move around.
The pump is working and infusing medicine when:
The infusion is not running if:
To start or stop the pump:
An alarm will go off if the tubing becomes kinked or clamped. A blocked line will cause the message “downstream occlusion” to appear on the screen. There could be a blockage in the line between the pump and your child.
You will need to clear the blockage so the pump will continue to deliver medicine. If you remove the kink or unclamp the tubing, the alarm will stop, and the pump will run again. You must find the problem and correct it or the alarm will continue.
To stop the alarm, you can turn off the pump and remove the batteries. If you cannot find the problem, call the pain management doctor right away for further directions.
If your child is having too much pain or cannot move an arm or leg, contact your doctor or a member of your care team.
If your child is an inpatient, a doctor or nurse will make any needed changes to the pump.
Keep the dressing covering the catheter clean and dry. Call your doctor within a few hours if the dressing gets wet or loose. Your child may take a bath as long as the pump and the dressing stay dry.
If a message on the screen says, “Battery low, replace battery,” you need to replace the batteries.
To change the batteries, follow these steps:
Side effects are rare, but they can be the signs of a serious problem. Close the clamp on the pump tube right away and call your child’s anesthesia doctor if your child has any of the following symptoms:
Call 911 right away if your child is having problems breathing or if there is a medical emergency. Tell medical personnel that your child has a nerve block infusion.
The catheter can stay in place up to a week after surgery, but your health care providers may remove it sooner if needed. When you have given all of the medicine, your health care providers may give your child a new bag in the clinic, or the catheter may need to be removed. An anesthesiologist or pain nurse will remove the catheter at the clinic.
Reviewed: September 2022