Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Pain Pump Definition:

A disposable, portable, non-electronic device that systematically infuses an anaesthetic through an implanted catheter.

In DJO Canada Inc. v Schroder, Justice Klebuc of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan wrote, at 6:

"(A) pain pump is a disposable, portable, non-electronic device that systematically infuses an anaesthetic through a special catheter implanted into the wound site by the surgeon. The pain pump is sold with an empty reservoir. The surgeon chooses the type of medication and the rate that medication is to be infused into the patient. The main advantage of the pain pump is that it allows patients to have continuous pain relief for extended periods of time following surgery, without the side effects associated with systemic narcotic analgesics."

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