Leaders Discuss Implications of New Connectors
Panel Prepares Biomeds for Transition to ENFit Connector
AAMI 2014 conference attendees learned about the magnitude of this transition as a panel of experts covered clinical, technical, regulatory, and logistical details surrounding the change. The FDA’s Scott Colburn, MS, BSN, RN explained ISO and why the design standards for small-bore connectors are so important, while Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN of A.S.P.E.N. detailed changes for enteral connectors, and GEDSA’s Tom Hancock shared the Stay Connected communications initiative.
Dr. Rory Jaffe of the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization outlined concerns to watch out for during the transition and explained the scope of the California legislation—the state mandate prohibiting the use of an epidural, intravenous, or enteral feeding connector that fits into a connection port other than the type for which it was intended in general acute care, acute psychiatric, and special hospitals. Finally, Purna Prasad, B.E., M.S., Ph.D., CCE from Stanford University Medical Center spoke to attendees about how this transition will affect them back in their hospital setting.
View the panel’s AAMI presentation
Coming in Q4 — The transition to safer connectors begins!
Introduction of transition sets in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico
Tell your colleagues
Did you know? Medication Safety Collaborative
GEDSA is a Collaborating Partner with the Medication Safety Collaborative, an event held earlier this month for multidisciplinary teams of health-system based clinicians and administrators who focus on quality and patient safety.
Learn more
Do you have? Raising Awareness
Raising Awareness: New Enteral Connectors Webinar Recording
If you missed this April 30 webinar by Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN of A.S.P.E.N., the recording is now available. Access the recording for free without CE credit until August 31. (CE credit is available for a fee.)
Listen to the webinar
Have you met?
Mary Logan
President and CEO
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
In her leadership at AAMI, a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to support the health care community in the development, management and use of safe and effective medical technology, Mary has been a strong proponent of the initiative for safer connectors.
“Staff across many disciplines in a clinical care environment will be impacted in one way or another by the changes that are coming with new connectors, and it’s important to start to think about what’s coming and prepare for it. We can all help get the word out to others by asking the question, ‘Do you know that small-bore connectors are going to change in 2015 and 2016, and have we started to put together our implementation planning team?”
—Mary Logan, AAMI
Have you told?
Make sure your biomed staff is ready
Share this email and other Stay Connected tools and information with your technicians and engineers to help smooth the transition to the new ENFit connectors.
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Where to Find Us
June 23—June 27 Oley Foundation Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
The Stay Connected initiative is organized by the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) in partnership with leading regulators, associations and other supporting organizations.
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