More safety in enteral nutrition with ENFit™

The international design standard for small-lumen connectors in healthcare is meant to increase patient safety worldwide. It reduces the risk of incorrect connections during the medical administration of liquids or gases. 

The standard is laid down in ISO standard 80369-1:2010 and replaces the Luer system and other connectors. The norm establishes a standard for six different indications

  • for enteral and gastric applications,
  • for ventilation systems and for motorised gas applications,
  • for urethral and urological applications,
  • for applications in systems with an inflatable cuff for limbs,
  • for neuraxial applications
  • as well as for intravascular and subcutaneous applications.

Connectors for enteral nutrition

In the first step, the standard has been implemented for enteral and gastric applications (ISO 80369-3). The standard has been implemented globally step-by-step since the end of 2015. The reverse Luer lock connector as the universal connector in enteral nutrition has thus been replaced – all manufacturers are gradually switching to the new standard connector for enteral nutrition ENFit™. 

Background

The implementation of the new standards is supported by the global initiative "Stay connected", which was launched by the GEDSA (Global Enteral Device Supplier Association) to support the global introduction of the new standards.

Under the auspices of the GEDSA, experts in the field of medicine, economics and authorities came together to support and promote the development of new international standards for small-lumen connectors in healthcare. These are designed to reduce the risk of incorrect connections, to increase the integration possibilities of medical devices of different manufacturers and to decrease the probability of treatment interruptions owing to system incompatibilities.

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