A new global design standard for tubing connectors will improve patient safety by reducing the incidence of medical device tubing misconnections…”

For many years there has been an ongoing joint effort by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) to address the design of small-bore connectors for various clinical applications, and as part of a continuous improvement programme to prevent wrong route delivery of fluids and gases (tubing misconnections).

A new standard (ISO 80369-3) is expected to be recognised and in order to comply with this International Standard, a new distal (patient end) enteral feeding device connector design (named ENFit) is being introduced into Australia and New Zealand from October 2015. ENFit is a unique, enteral specific designed connector that does not allow connection to any other type of medical device.

The International Standard ISO 80369-3 refers to enteral feeding devices specifically and the attached position statement refers to all devices within Australia and New Zealand. Full details can be found at www.stayconnected2015.org

 

StayConnected Position statement ISO 80369-3.pdf (dl.dropboxusercontent.com)