Patient Safety Enteral connection systems prevent erroneous connections
Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, Nestlé Health Science and Fresenius Kabi have jointly developed connection systems that prevent erroneous connections between enteral nutrition systems and other, primarily intravenous, systems. The aim is to enhance patient safety.
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Error prevention is important for improving healthcare provision in the clinical and nursing areas. The new connection systems Enteral Nutrition Lock (ENLock) and ENPlus are incompatible with the luer attachments of intravenous systems, making inadvertently incorrect connections impossible.
“The attachments are designed so that they form a genuine physical hurdle,” explains Reinhold Wolkenstörfer, product developer at Nutricia. “Owing to their design, they cannot be connected with luer attachments and thus ensure that the user connects the correct systems. This is a major help for medical staff, but also for care deliverers within the family, and makes a considerable contribution to increasing patient safety.”
Nutricia, a specialist in enteral nutrition, is a committed member of Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V., a network focused on safer healthcare provision in Germany. With their new product development, Nutricia and its partner companies are reacting to increasing concerns within healthcare organizations and to market demand. The ENLock and ENPlus connection systems, which are exclusively compatible with enteral nutrition systems, will enter the European marketplace, Nutricia says, in September 2012.
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