The global “Stay Connected” initiative will prevent tubing misconnections — learn about our plan for implementation

The global “Stay Connected” initiative will prevent tubing misconnections — learn about our plan for implementation

The universal design of the current Luer connector has allowed for the possibility of connections between devices that were not intended to connect. While misconnections are rare, they can be damaging and even life-threatening.

A global initiative called Stay ConnectedENFit had been launched in an effort to improve patient safety and decrease the likelihood of tubing misconnections. New international design standards for medical device tubing connectors have been developed and connectors will be released in 2015.

New connectors are designed for the following devices:

  • Respiratory systems and driving gases
  • Limb cuff inflation applications
  • Enteral tubing
  • Neuraxial applications
  • Intravascular and hypodermic applications.

Enteral devices are first on the list. The new enteral connector, named ENFit, will make its way into the health system during 2015. The other connector changes will be phased in over the next several years.

A multidisciplinary group has been formed to manage this transition to the new connectors. The Dept. of Clinical Education & Professional Development will be providing further information and education in the following weeks.

Be aware, get ready, and learn more at www.stayconnected2014.org-Laurie Edwards, CRM, CPHQ

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