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New standards for medical tubing connectors: Are you ready?

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SafetyShare® newsletter brought to you by the Premier Safety Institute®
August 4, 2014



New standards for medical tubing connectors:

Are you ready?

Wednesday, August 20
2-3:30 p.m. ET / 1-2:30 p.m. CT / Noon-1:30 p.m. MT /
11 a.m.-12:30 PT


This program is part of Premier’s Advisor Live® webinar series: There is no charge to participate in this public event. We encourage you to forward this information to others who may find it useful.


New global design standards for medical tubing connectors are being released and include new connectors for enteral, neuraxial and respiratory devices. Starting with enteral feeding and the new ENFit connector by the end of this year, these new design standards will help ensure that connectors do not fit into ports other than the type for which they are intended, reducing the risk of serious or often fatal consequences of misconnections. These standards and new connectors have broad implications across the entire supply chain and continuum of patient care settings. This program will cover:

  • The new standards and product-specific changes, including the enteral feeding systems and the transition timeline;
  • Implications for supply chain and inventory for effective transition;
  • How these new standards and products will affect multiple functions, protocols and processes across the entire continuum of patient care; and
  • Identifying steps needed to prepare, educate and implement a plan for a smooth transition to the new products to maximize patient safety.


    Gina Pugliese, Moderator RN,
    MS, vice president,
    Premier Safety Institute ®
    Scott Colburn, RN, MS, director of standards program, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Devices and Radiologic Health
    Thomas J. Hancock, MBA, executive director, Global Enteral Device Supplier Association
    Cathie Gosnell, RN, MS, MBA, clinical consultant, Premier Safety Institute ®
    Debby Kasper, RD, LD, director, clinical nutrition, Premier, Inc.
    Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, president, Institute for Safe Medication Practices


    • Premier's
      Advisor Live is a webinar series that provides discussion on timely topics and best practices in healthcare. There is no charge to participate in these public webinars. Visit the Advisor Live
      archive to listen to a recording of this program and past programs.
    • Visit the
      Premier Safety Institute website for tools and resources on
      Tubing misconnections and reducing adverse events.


    Register for the webinar


    If you have questions, please email
    or call the Premier Solution Center at 877.777.1552.


    Safety Institute




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