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|Tube Talk: Be Prepared for New ENFit Connectors|
Enteral nutrition feeding/administration sets with the new ENFit connectors are scheduled to be released in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico in early 2015, along with transition sets that will allow you to use these feeding sets with your current feeding tube (see illustration below, from www.stayconnected2015.org). Syringes with ENFit connectors should be available in the spring of 2015, and feeding tubes with ENFit connectors should be available in the summer.
Don’t let this new connector catch you off guard. Be ready with questions for the company that provides your supplies, ask them to show you how the new connector works, then use up your old supplies and make room for the new. Note that any new product using the ENFit connector will have a new product reference or code number. If you are used to ordering by reference numbers, record the new reference numbers to ensure you get the correct product the next time you order.
We realize this could be a big change for you. There may be unanticipated problems and unexpected bonuses. Please share your questions and experiences with us. We will seek answers for you, and we will communicate your concerns to the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA), a group of manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers working to introduce international standards in medical tubing connectors.
Farrell Bags Update
Corpak Medsystems has announced that, pending FDA clearance, they plan to release a new Farrell Valve System in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, current Farrell products will be compatible with new feeding sets using the transition connector. They note that it will be necessary to use new feeding sets with the new valve system.
LifelineLetter, January/February 2015