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Are You Ready for ENFit? New Feeding Tube Connectors in 2017: Video

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
01/03/17  12:20 PM PST

If you, your child or a loved one have a feeding tube, you’ve probably heard of ENFit by now. In this video, our Corporate Registered Dietitian explains what ENFit connectors are, why ENFit is happening and what changes you should expect to see to enteral devices, such as syringes and feeding tubes in 2017.

 

Why ENFit Connectors?

When a feeding tube is accidentally connected to another device, this may cause harm. Serious injury or death has occurred as a result of enteral devices inadvertently connecting with non-enteral devices. This may include IV lines, respiratory tubing or other types. The result could mean formula, medication of fluid going into a person’s veins or lungs.

 

What are ENFit Connectors?

ENFit is a design for enteral connectors developed by safety organizations and feeding device manufacturers. The design is FDA-approved. ENfit is not a luer lock connection. It’s designed so that feeding devices won’t fit into other types of tubing.

 

What Changes to Enteral Devices will Occur?

Feeding sets (bags) for enteral pump and gravity feeding already have ENFit connectors.

ENFit connectors

 

During 2017, you should start to see enteral syringes with ENFit connectors. Enteral syringes are used to deliver formula, medication and fluids to your feeding tube.

ENFit connectors

 

You will also see extension sets for low profile tubes with ENFit. Standard feeding tubes will also adopt the ENFit connection. If your feeding tube does not stay in place with a balloon, your doctor may want to wait to place a new tube.

ENFit connectors

 

For More Information about ENFit Connectors:

Your home medical supply company should be able to provide more information about when they will start to ship supplies with ENFit connectors. You should also speak with your doctor or health care professional about changes to your feeding tube.

 

For more information on ENFit, visit stayconnected.org

ENFit is a federally registered trademark of GEDSA.
Used with permission.

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