CHA News Article

CHPSO to Hold Webinar on Luer Connector Transition
Will address scope and timeline of new connector initiative

To reduce the risk of medical device tubing misconnections, international standards have been developed to replace Luer connectors for applications other than intravenous and intradermal. Historically, this connector was used for many purposes — intravenous infusions, epidural catheters, enteral feedings and blood pressure cuffs, among others — that sometimes resulted in misconnections with catastrophic results. State law now mandates that the connectors for intravenous, neuraxial (e.g., epidural) and enteral purposes be designed so they are not compatible with each other.

CHPSO will host a free webinar on April 20 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (PT) addressing the state mandate. CHPSO, a division of the Hospital Quality Institute, is actively engaged in the international standards process and device manufacturers’ rollout planning. Rory Jaffe, CHPSO’s executive director, will speak to the deployment plans for these new devices, as well as changes that will occur in the supply chain and at hospitals. Registration is available online