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FDA Guidance Addresses New Enteral Feeding Tube Connectors
CHPSO to hold webinar on transitioning to new products March 24

To prevent serious consequences from tubing misconnections, international standards are currently being developed for IV, enteral and epidural connectors. Connectors designed to reduce the risk of unintended connections between enteral and non-enteral devices — called ENFit connectors — will be phased in this year. To allow manufacturers to begin production and distribution of products containing the ENFit connectors in time to meet California’s deadline of Jan. 1, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration has officially recognized the provisional version of the standard. A complete timeline of the ENFit products to be released in 2015 is available at www.stayconnected2015.org. The first phase of the rollout, administration sets outfitted with an adapter allowing connection to either current feeding tubes or the new feeding tubes, should be available this month or next.

In addition, the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) will host a webinar March 24 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. to discuss the new connectors and how to ensure a safe, efficient transition to the new devices.

The webinar will also include an update from the meetings CHPSO is participating in this week with manufacturers and distributers to address transition planning and to finalize the standards. Open to CHPSO members and nonmembers, the webinar cost is $99 per phone line and includes one nursing CE credit per purchased line, with additional CE credits available for $49 per person. Registration is available online. For more information about small bore connectors, visit www.chpso.org/post/small-bore-connectors or email info@chpso.org.

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