New Enteral Connectors
In 2015 new patient end enteral connectors will be coming into the market, first on administration sets, then on syringes and then on feeding tubes. ASPEN is partnering with the Global Enteral Device Supply Association (GEDSA) and other organizations such as The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, The Joint Commission, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the US Food and Drug Administration, and others to provide awareness, to prepare for these changes, and to educate all stakeholders. For communication on this, visit StayConnected.org.
Important Organizational Documents raising awareness about EN connectors:
Checklists to Prepare for New EN Connectors
Nursing Protocol Update by ASPEN on December 18, 2014
An enteral misconnection as defined by the ASPEN. Board of Directors and Clinical Practice Committee as “An inadvertent connection between an enteral feeding system and a non-enteral system such as an intravascular line, peritoneal dialysis catheter, tracheostomy, medical gas tubing, etc.” Guenter P, Hicks RW, Simmons D, et al. Enteral feeding misconnections: a consortium position statement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf.
Enteral Nutrition Misconnections Literature
- Letter to the Editor. Transition to Safer Enteral Connectors. NCP 2018
- Guenter P, Lyman B. ENFit Enteral Nutrition Connectors: Benefits and Challenges. Nutr Clin Pract. 2016
- Guenter P. New Enteral Connectors Raising Awareness. Nutr Clin Pract, 2014
- Simmons D, Symes L, Guenter P, Graves K. Tubing Misconnections: Normalization of Deviance. Nutr Clin Pract, 2011
- Guenter, P, Hicks RW, Simmons D. Enteral Feeding Misconnections: An Update. Nutr Clin Pract. 2009
- Miller SJ. Enteral Feeding Misconnections: A Consortium Position Statement. Nutr Clin Pract. Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009
- Guenter P, Hicks RW, Simmons D, et al. Enteral feeding misconnections: a consortium position statement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2008