September 25, 2014
While the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and other organizations and agencies have repeatedly publicized the upcoming global changes with all enteral device connectors, we are not confident that healthcare organizations are adequately preparing for such a significant change.
The new ISO enteral connector design will no longer be Luer-compatible and will require major changes in enteral nutrition practices, policies, procedures, and processes that need planning. These new connectors will impact nurses, pharmacists, physicians, dieticians, caregivers, and patients across the continuum of care.
We are concerned that healthcare organizations will be ill-prepared when the new enteral connectors begin to be systematically introduced later this year and into 2015. Our concern is heightened by several unresolved process dilemmas that the change will undoubtedly trigger, particularly related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of enteral medications.
Are you ready for the design changes coming soon for enteral feeding device connectors? What has your organization done to prepare for these upcoming changes?
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP, is the Director of Error Reporting Programs at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.