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Leaders Discuss Implications of New Connectors
Premier and AHRMM offer free webinars to help you get ready
With the introduction of transition sets in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico coming next quarter, leading organizations are offering free opportunities to help you prepare for the new ENFit connectors. On August 20, from 2:00-3:30pm ET, Premier will host a free webinar with representatives from the FDA, A.S.P.E.N., Premier, ISMP, and GEDSA, who will discuss how the new standards and products will affect different functions, protocols, and processes across the continuum of care.
Register for the Premier webinar
The following week, on August 26, from 12:00-1:00pm CST, the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) will hold a free webinar addressing how the transition to safer connectors will impact the supply chain. It will cover the risk of misconnections, the role supply chain professionals have in this transition, and identified solutions using a three-phase process including a temporary transition connector, new enteral-specific syringes, and launch of ISO tubes.
Register for the AHRMM webinar
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
A study of flow rates for blenderized diets through the new enteral connectors showed no significant difference in the amount of pressure needed to push through the new ENFit connector.
Read about the blenderized diet study
Do you have? Raising Awareness
Stay Connected Brochures — available for global markets
Includes initiative overview, how the enteral feeding system is affected by the changes, and a transition timeline for the first three launch markets—Group 1 (US, Canada, Puerto Rico), Group 2 (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand), and Group 3 (UK and Ireland).
Coming soon: Group 2 brochure will be available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Download a Stay Connected brochure for your market
Have you met?
Cathie Gosnell, RN, MS, MBA
Clinical Consultant
Premier Safety Institute
In both her current role as a consultant and previous role in Premier’s group purchasing division, Cathie has been actively involved in efforts to reduce the risk of tubing misconnections and improve patient safety for more than 10 years. She currently serves on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group that is developing small bore connector standards.
“The change from a universal small bore connector to unique connectors for each clinical delivery system will be challenging; however, it will reduce the risk of tubing misconnections that result in patient injury or death. We must work together to make the implementation as smooth as possible and reduce the risk of unintended consequences that could occur during the transition phase.”  
—Cathie Gosnell, Premier Safety Institute
Have you told?
Make sure your resource and materials management team is ready
Share this email and other Stay Connected tools and information with supply chain managers, materials managers, purchasing agents, and other supply chain personnel to help smooth the transition to the new ENFit connectors.
Forward this email to your colleagues
Where to Find Us
Aug 20, 2pm EST Premier Safety Institute 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 ESPEN Congress on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, 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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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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