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Reducing the Risk of Tubing Misconnections

In an effort to improve patient safety, new international design standards for medical device tubing connectors are anticipated to be released in 2015 as part of a phased initiative called Stay Connected

The universal design of the current Luer connector has allowed for the possibility of connections between devices that were not intended to connect. While misconnections are rare, they can be damaging and even life-threatening.

The Stay Connected initiative for using safer connectors is led by an international group of clinicians, manufacturers, and regulators, which together developed ISO 80369-1. This standard establishes requirements for small-bore connectors for liquids and gases, making it difficult, if not impossible, for unrelated delivery systems to be connected.

The Stay Connected initiative will help introduce new safer connectors related to the new design standards for specific clinical applications

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