Universal Small Bore Connectors (ENFit) for Enteral Access: Implications for Clinical Practice

Ryan T Hurt, Keith R. Miller, Jayshil Patel, Panna Codner, Manpreet S. Mundi

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Abstract

Misconnections with various types of intravenous and enteral access devices have been recognized as a potentially deadly healthcare problem. Contributing factors to these misconnections include lack of healthcare provider education, transporting patients to different locations, and interchangeability of the enteral tubes with other tubes such as central venous catheters. An international effort led by EN industry leaders has developed a small bore enteral connector (ENFit) that, in theory, will reduce the frequency of misconnections. We fully endorse the development of a safer EN access device that will minimize the risk of misconnections. Despite the potential benefit of preventing misconnections, the full impact of the adoption of the ENFit connector on clinical practice remains unknown. The purpose of this review is to examine the impact of the proposed new small bore enteral connector on a number of clinical situations including delivery of blenderized tube feeds, medications, and venting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-244
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Nutrition Reports
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Enteral access
  • Enteral nutrition
  • Gastric residual volumes
  • PEG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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