CHA News Article

New Law Extends Deadline for Hospitals to Adopt New Epidural, Enteral Feeding Connectors
CDPH issues All Facilities Letter

A new law — AB 444 (Chapter 198, Statutes of 2015) — extends until July 1, 2016 the date for hospitals to use new enteral feeding connectors that will not fit into a connector other than the type they were intended for. It also extends the date for hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities to adopt new epidural connectors to Jan. 1, 2017. Previously, health facilities had until Jan. 1, 2016 to begin using both types of new connectors. While the industry has been working on designing the new connectors, they are not yet ready for mass distribution.

Health and Safety Code Section 1279.6 requires hospitals to include measures to prevent misconnections of intravenous, enteral feeding and epidural lines — along with other patient safety events, including but not limited to preventable adverse events and preventable health-care associated infections — into their patient safety plan. CHA encourages hospitals to review the code section and their patient safety plans.