ENFit: The Time is Now

A lab webcast

May 19, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. ET

Overview

ENFit enteral tubing connectors is a design standard developed to prevent enteral tubing misconnections. Through this standard, every enteral tubing accessory, extension set, syringe, long tube/PEG, and NG-tube will be designed with a specific ENFit connector to prevent enteral tubing misconnections. Though ENFit standardization is not mandated at this time, it is recommended by many professional organizations and regulating bodies - including the Joint Commission and the Food and Drug Administration.

While this unique international standard design for enteral devices improves safety, it has yet to reach full adoption in many countries. Reasons for lack of complete adoption include the limited resources available to make the transition, supply chain challenges, and perceived shortcomings in ENFit product designs. But with many legacy enteral devices being phased out by manufacturers, implementing ENFit should be a high priority.

Learning objectives

During this session, we'll discuss:

  • What is ENFit and why do organizations need to rapidly transition
  • The current state of adoption
  • How to effectively transition to ENFIT and support available for the change

Agenda & Speakers

Jason Launders

Director of Operations, Device Evaluation, ECRI
Jason Launders has been at ECRI since 1998 and is currently the Director of Operations for the Device Evaluation group. Jason’s primary responsibility is managing ECRI’s laboratory based evaluations of medical technologies. Jason has an MSc in Medical Physics and spent his earlier time at ECRI evaluating a wide range of diagnostic imaging technology, such as: CT, MRI, PACS, and Digital Radiography. Today, he is responsible for developing the content of evaluations to ensure they meet the needs of our members.

Ben Davis, BSc

Executive Director, GEDSA
Prior to joining GEDSA, Ben served as the Vice President of Engineering and Product Development at NeoMed. Ben has been involved with GEDSA for 10 years and is currently the Executive Director. He is an interal device subject matter expert and the inventor of the Low Dose Tip Syringe. In addition, he is an inventor on 63 other patents (US & Int.). Ben is also a patient safety advocate.

Shannon Bertagnoli, PharmD, BCPPS

Medication Safety Specialist, Publications, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
In her role at ISMP, Shannon’s work includes content development for the acute care newsletter as well as an editor for various other organizational publications. Prior to joining ISMP, Shannon worked at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California as a pediatric clinical pharmacist for 12 years. Her most recent role was Medication Safety & Quality Specialist where she oversaw the Medication Safety Committee, Smart Pump Oversight Committee, and Medication Error Reduction Plan. Her passion is to improve patient safety by promoting a safe learning environment through a fair and Just Culture, optimizing technology, and standardizing practice to enhance quality care.

Juuso Leinonen, BEng

Principal Project Engineer, Health Devices, ECRI
Juuso Leinonen is a Principal Project Engineer for the Device Evaluation group at ECRI, where he performs comparative medical device evaluations and investigates medical device related accidents. Juuso has over 7 years of experience in biomedical engineering. He has published several ECRI evaluations, guidance articles, and medical device hazard reports in his areas of expertise, which include medical device cybersecurity, infusion technology, pharmacy technologies, and telehealth. Juuso holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from City University London, United Kingdom.

Timothy A. Gibson

Manager, Functional Equivalents, Supply Guide, ECRI
Tim has been with ECRI for nearly 7 years and is currently managing ECRI’s Functional Equivalents offering for supplies and consumables. Tim works with member organizations to identify alternative products in the event of recalls, backorders, or shortages and also helps identify savings opportunities through standardization. In his previous roles at ECRI, Tim worked with members to improve their alert management workflows through the use of industry best practices.