The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) and a number of other quality-oriented groups, including the FDA, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Joint Commission, are working to address tubing misconnections for medical device small-bore connectors—used for enteral, luer, neuro-cranial, respiratory, and other medical tubing equipment.2
Misconnections, although rare, can be harmful or even fatal to patients. The task force conducted a panel discussion Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C., focused on redesign issues, and is collaborating with the International Standards Organization to develop new small-bore connector standards.
GEDSA’s “Stay Connected” is an education campaign to inform and prepare the healthcare community for impending changes in standards for small-bore connectors. For more information, visit www.stayconnected2014.org.