Evaluation: Smiths Medical CADD-Solis v4 Epidural Patient-Controlled Epidural Analgesic Infusion Pump with Wireless Communication Module

February 10, 2021 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • The CADD-Solis Epidural is a patient-controlled epidural analgesic (PCEA) infusion pump. PCEA pumps allow patients to self-administer doses of pain-relieving medication within the limits prescribed by a physician. Patients can activate the delivery of solutions by pressing a pendant button on a cord connected to the pump or a button directly on the pump. This device is used for epidural infusion therapies.
  • The pump is normally connected to an IV pole with a clamp; a pole clamp adapter is needed to connect the pump to the pole clamp.
  • Major device components and software features:
    • Pump
      • Medication container
        • Proprietary cassette
        • Bag
      • Administration set
        • Luer-based extension sets are used with the cassette-style medication container; various set options are available, including non-DEHP options. The manufacturer recommends the use of extension sets from Smiths Medical.
        • Proprietary administration sets are required to use a bag-style medication container; various set options are available, including non-DEHP options.
      • Operational range
        • Continuous flow rate: 0.1-100 mL/hr
        • Maximum flow rate (bolus): 40-250 mL/hr with standard administration sets and cassettes, and 40-500 mL/hr with high-flow administration sets
        • Volume to be infused (VTBI): 0.1-9,999 mL
      • Infusion modes
        • Continuous infusion
        • PCA dose only
        • Continuous and PCA dose
        • Loading dose
        • Priming mode
        • Clinician bolus
        • Program Manually mode: Infusion mode without any drug-specific limits
      • User controls
        • Arrow keys for value selection
        • Two softkeys
      • Display (H × W): 6.4 × 6.4 cm (2.5 × 2.5 in)
      • Weight with wireless battery module: 0.7 kg (1.3 lb)
      • Dimensions (H × W × D): 4.1 × 10.2 × 12.7 cm (1.6 × 4 × 5 in)
      • Battery life (at 10 mL/hr):
        • Internal battery on the Wireless Communication Module: 11 hours
        • Rechargeable lithium battery (not compatible with wireless module): 50 hours
        • Alkaline battery (not compatible with wireless module): 113 hours
      • Wireless connection: Available with the wireless battery module for drug library updates, firmware updates, and autodocumentation support
    • Patient pendant
      • Used to request PCA doses
      • Indicators: audible and...

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