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Leaders Discuss Implications of New Connectors
Guenter: Study Finds Consistent Flow Rates between Current and New Connectors
During two sessions at the 29th annual conference for The Oley Foundation, which supports families who need home intravenous and tube feeding, HPN and HEN patients and their families learned about the upcoming change. Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN of A.S.P.E.N., spoke about the clinical aspects of the transition to safer connectors, and shared a summary of a recent study that looked at flow rates for the new ENFit connectors compared to the current feeding system with blenderized diets. The study looked at commercially available blenderized foods for consistency—thick, highly viscous formula from Japan, apple sauce, and viscous, organic, whole-foods meal replacement formula available in the US. The study showed that flow rates were consistent between current feeding system and the feeding system with the new connector.
Later, GEDSA Executive Director Tom Hancock led a discussion about implementing the changes, explaining how families should expect to see products come into the market and how to transition. Manufacturers including Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Corpak, Covidien, Kimberly-Clark, Medline, and Nestle Health Science shared their plans for these new products with the ENFit connectors. Audience response was very positive, citing advantages including how the new connectors will do a better job of keeping the connection and not “feed the bed” or “feed the floor.”
More information about the flow rates study will be in the July/August issue of The Oley Foundation Lifeline newsletter
Coming in Q4 — The transition to safer connectors begins!
Introduction of transition sets in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico
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Did you know? Medication Safety Collaborative
GEDSA members had booths and or presentations at five conferences during May and June.
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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?
Scott Colburn
Director, CDRH Standards Program
Food and Drug Administration
In addition to his role at the FDA, Scott is convener to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group and International ISO/IEC Joint Working Group charged with developing a standard to reduce the risk of misconnections and enhance patient safety.
“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
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Make sure your home care provider is ready
Share this email and other Stay Connected tools and information with home care nurses, home infusion therapists, and home medical equipment providers to help smooth the transition to the new ENFit connectors.
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Where to Find Us
Aug 20, 2pm EST Premiere Safety Webinar, Advisor Live: New Standards for Medical Tubing Connectors: Are you ready?
Aug 26, 1pm EST Webinar, Stay Connected: Risks Impacting Supply Chain — New Enteral Tubing Connectors, Improving Patient Safety with New Small Bore Connectors, a collaboration with AHRMM’s Issue and Legislative Committee and GEDSA.
Sept 6-9 European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Geneva, Switzerland
Sept 10 Novation’s Innovative Technology Expo, Irving, TX
October 19-22 The LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO, Nashville, TN
December 7-11 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, Anaheim, CA
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