ENFit enteral syringes to administer medicine, flush, hydrate or bolus feed through enteral tubes will now require a precise enteral-specific fitment.
Luer connector misconnections are under-recognized but common and potentially create dangerous events. These misconnections are one of the safety challenges in healthcare today. Luer connector design allows direct or functional connection between unrelated delivery systems (e.g., vascular, enteral, respiratory, epidural, and intrathecal medical devices, components, and accessories). Multiple connections between medical devices and tubing are common in patient care and clinicians mistakenly connect the wrong devices and deliver substances through the wrong route. Prevention of these adverse events is crucial to the nsafety of patients. This is the objective of the new ISO 80369 standardsthat is all about unique international nstandard designs that will promote better patient safety and help ensure that connectors for unrelated delivery nsystems are incompatible.
Enteral feeding tubes that are mistakenly connected to other applications may result in patient death or serious injury, and enteral feeding connectors are one of the categories in the new ISO standard (ISO 80369-3). The new ENFit connector provides a simple way to reduce the risk of enteral tube feeding misconnections and improve patient safety by not allowing connectivity with any other connector for any other clinical use. The transition to the new Enfit connectors will start in 2015 and is scheduled to be continued in 2016.