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UPDATE: ENFit tip syringes and feeding tubes introduction delayed in US, Canada, & PR to Q1 2016. Introduction in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand still on track to start Q3 2015.


Aware, Prepare, Adopt

This three-phased transition program is designed to assist everyone—from manufacturers and suppliers to healthcare and supply chain management to clinicians and family caregivers—in this international effort to enhance patient safety.

Look below for information and tools to help you and your organization with this change.





New ENFit Connectors Due in US,
Canada, Puerto Rico in 2015/2016

Europe and other markets begin transition in 2015

Reducing the risk of misconnection requires a complete design change with correlating standards established and adopted across the industry and around the globe. Enteral devices are the first of all the clinical applications to undergo this change.

A successful transition starts with awareness of the enteral transition plan and the devices that will be affected.

The new design standard impacts the entire enteral feeding system


  • item-1 item-1 CONNECTOR (FINAL)
    [In place since 2012]


  • item-2 item-2 SYRINGE (CURRENT)
  • item-3 item-3 SYRINGE (FINAL)
    Syringes to administer medicine, flush, hydrate, or bolus feed through enteral tubes will now require a precise enteral-specific fitment.
  • item-4 item-4 FEEDING TUBE (CURRENT)
  • item-5 item-5 TRANSITION SET (TEMPORARY)
    Includes new ENFit female connector and ENFit Transition Connector to allow fitment to current feeding port until new enteral feeding tubes are available, making it compatible with the new female ENFit piece already in place. item-5-add-on
  • item-6 item-6 FEEDING TUBE (FINAL)
    Changing from male—the stepped or Christmas tree connector—to the female new standard connector. The feeding tube port for the administration set will change from female to male.

A three-step plan will ease the transition to the new ENFit connector

All launch dates subject to change due to timing of product-specific regulatory review and supplier discretion. Consult your supplier representative for product-specific availability, indications, contraindications, precautions, and warnings.

What you can do


Plan Ahead to Ease Challenge of Transition

Leverage GEDSA tools and resources to stay connected

Staying connected to the initiative for using safer connectors will keep you informed as new tools and information are available to aid with this transition. You may want to form teams within your organization to assess the existing systems, processes, and protocols that may need to change. Also, work with your supplier representatives to adopt their specific transition plan, and train clinicians and materials/inventory management staff for the impending changes.


Introduce New Connectors to Work Stream

Reinforce long-term benefits of the new ENFit connector

All the awareness building and preparation has led to this crucial phase of the transition process. It will be important to remind your organization that this initiative will enhance patient safety by reducing the risk of tubing misconnections.

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