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CHPSO Webinar: Big Changes Ahead for Luer Connectors

On June 18, the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) will host a webinar, open to all hospitals, to discuss the planned industry-wide rollout of new connectors and steps hospitals can take for a successful transition.

On June 18, the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) will host a webinar, open to all hospitals, to discuss the planned industry-wide rollout of new connectors and steps hospitals can take for a successful transition. Historically, the Luer connector has been used in hospitals for many incompatible purposes, such as intravenous infusions, epidural catheters, enteral feedings and blood pressure cuffs. Misconnections have occurred with catastrophic results. California law will soon mandate that hospitals use mutually incompatible connectors for three purposes: intravenous, epidural (neuraxial) and enteral.

While it is a California law driving the adoption deadline, hospitals throughout the world will be making this change. CHPSO is now meeting periodically with device manufacturers to help hospitals meet the January 2016 deadline.

The June 18 webinar is an update of a March 26 CHPSO presentation and includes the newest plans for assessing neuraxial connector needs and revised introduction plans and labeling for the devices. Participants of the March webinar may register for this session at a reduced price. For additional webinar information and to register, visit www.chpso.org/event/updated-syringes-infusion-lines-big-changes-ahead.

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