CHA News Article

New Law Requires Hospitals to Use Reengineered Tubing Connectors

A California law prohibiting hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities from using epidural, intravenous or enteral feeding connectors that can fit into connection ports other than the type for which they were intended took effect in January 2017. Hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities are now required to use reengineered tubing connectors, which work to prevent misconnections, eliminate human error and facilitate patient safety.

Hospitals are encouraged to develop a careful and methodical transition to the new connectors. Hospitals should also review their patient safety plans to ensure that the prevention of misconnecting intravenous, enteral and epidural lines is adequately addressed. More details about patient safety plan requirements are available in Chapter 19 of CHA’s Consent Manual.