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ENFit® Q & A: When will ENFit Syringes be Available?

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
05/15/17  9:22 AM PST
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ENFit® Q & A: When will ENFit Syringes be Available?

 

This question comes from a mother who uses tube feeding supplies:

“I have three young daughters with G-tubes. I do 18 tube feeds per day. Plus, I administer meds thru the med ports of the extension sets over a hundred times per day. For many months, I have been forced to use the new ENFit extension sets with the old style syringes.

I have been having to use the adaptors on the end of the extension sets. They are horrible: (1)  they make the end of the extension set so heavy that it pulls thru the medical tape and pulls on the g-tube, hurting my kids’ stomas, (2) the adaptors are clunky and big,  preventing my kids from lying down on their backs, (3) every time I detach/re-attach the adaptors, it puts air into the line, causing my kids to get hiccups.

How can I get the new ENFit syringes in 5mL, 10mL and 20mL sizes so that all my kids’ enteral supplies will be compatible with each other, without using adaptors?

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ENFit® Syringes Answer:

Good News! ENFit®syringes are available from some manufacturers in 60mL, 5mL, 10mL, 20mL and 35mL. It has recently been a challenge for medical supply companies to get a hold of the smaller size ENFit® syringes. In many cases, manufacturers have restricted their supply of these items to hospitals only, due to a shortage in production, probably caused by one of the largest syringe manufacturers pulling out of the market last year.

To further confuse things, only a handful of hospitals across the country have converted to ENFit® enteral devices and are ordering ENFit® supplies at discharge. Home medical supply companies generally provide what the hospital orders when a patient goes home. Until medical facilities across the nation convert to ENFit®, hospitals and supply companies may need to carry both old style and ENFit® products at the same time to accommodate any type of patient that comes their way.

Here are a few things you could do:

  • Contact your home medical supply company to see which ENFit® products they have available.
  • Request some ENFit® syringes from your child’s hospital.
  • Request legacy (old style) extension sets until your home medical supply company has ENFit® syringes available.

 

ENFit® Syringe Syringe Instructions for Use:

  • If your feeding tube port is not ENFit, attach the white transitional stepped connector to the tip of the syringe with a gentle twisting motion and insert the syringe into the port as usual, keeping the white transitional stepped connector attached.

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  • If your feeding tube port has an ENFit connector, attach the syringe to your feeding tube port with a gentle twisting motion. You do not need the white transitional stepped connector.

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More articles on ENFit®:

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

ENFit Connectors: Feeding Sets, Tubes and Syringes in 2017

 

For more information on ENFit® Connectors:

stayconnected.org

The Oley Foundation

You may receive notification about ENFit connectors from your enteral supply company.

Have questions about ENFit®? Email Shield HealthCare’s Corporate Registered Dietitian at rd@shieldhealthcare.com

 

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

 

 

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