ISSUE 19  

ENFit ® Introduction Dates

Update for introduction of ENFit Tip Syringes and Enteral Feeding Tubes with ENFit Connectors

Adequate supply of ENFit tip syringes are important for the launch of the ENFit feeding system with tubes which have the ENFit connector.  Feeding tubes and medication ports on feeding sets with the ENFit male connector will require ENFit tip syringes for flushing, hydration, bolus feeding and enteral administration of medication. To ensure a safe and successful transition to the ENFit system GEDSA recommends supply managers to survey their supplier base and confirm availability and supply of ENFit tip syringes.

Low Dose ENFit tip Syringe

Dose accuracy has been a concern for administering low doses (<2.0mL) enterally with an ENFit tip feeding syringe.  GEDSA members have identified an ENFit low dose tip design for small volume syringes. 
The ENFit low dose tip connector is designed to minimize the amount of fluid in the dead space and eliminate the potential for fluid displacement.  Performance testing has proven that ENFit low dose tip design delivers an accurate dose consistent with other syringes such as oral tip syringes which have been in use for years. The ENFit low dose tip syringe is anticipated to be ready for market introduction in 2016 pending regulatory clearance.
  Did you know?  
The ISO 80369-3 standard enteral connector is part of a series of small bore connectors which will be introduced.  The 80369 small bore connector series also includes standards for respiratory, limb-cuff inflation, neuraxial, and intravascular connectors.  The Final Draft International Standard for 80369-6 (neuraxial) and 80369-5 (limb cuff) connectors have recently been approved with 100 percent affirmative votes.  The publication of IEC 80369-5 and ISO 80369-6 were in March.
  Do you have?  
Enteral FAQ

The connector changes will affect all components of enteral feeding systems.  Our FAQ set was put together to answer your questions about the enteral connector change.

View our Enteral Specific FAQ
  Have you met?  
Pete Phillips

Director, Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL)

A pharmacist by training, Pete manages the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL), which is funded by the Welsh Government to test medical devices for the NHS in Wales.  Pete joined his first standards committee in the 1980's and now sits on numerous national and international standards groups as well as chairing BSI CH/205/1 and CEN TC/205/WG155/PG1.  He has been active on the ISO 80369 series since its inception in the late 1990s and managed the usability assessment project team for ISO 80369-6
"The ISO 80369 series has been a long time in the making, which is not surprising given the extraordinarily difficult challenge of standardizing a range of connectors in the small dimensional space available, whilst also minimizing the operational impact on clinicians when using devices.  The great pleasure has been working with technical specialists from across the world, who under normal circumstances would be competing against each other, but who have managed to work as a tight-knit team to solve some difficult problems with a good dose of pragmatism and humor.  I have no doubt that patient safety will be improved due to this important piece of work"

-Pete Phillips, Director, SMTL
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