New Guidelines Encourage Transition to ENFit Enteral Connectors by 2022
Over the past several years, a change to all feeding tube supply connectors has taken place with a gradual transition to a new type of connector called ENFit – a product that improves safety and reduces connection errors.
New guidelines from the Global Enterprise Device Supplies Association (GEDSA) have recently come out, recommending manufacturers stop making non-ENFit feeding tubes and supplies by July 1, 2021. GEDSA also says adapters that change an ENFit connector to a non-ENFit connector should stop being made. Finally, they recommend that patients switch to ENFit products by January 1, 2022.
The steps in the transition from non-ENFit to ENFit connectors can be shown through changes to feeding bags in the images below:
You can also see more examples of non-ENFit (also known as ‘legacy’) connectors compared to ENFit connectors in this product update.
While all manufacturers are strongly encouraged to follow GEDSA guidelines, we are aware that some plan to continue production of non-ENFit connectors. Manufacturers have also communicated different lengths of time they anticipate having non-ENFit connectors available after stopping production, making expectations for access by healthcare systems hard to determine.
How PHS is Responding
PHS is dedicated to following the safest care plan for our patients. We see the benefits ENFit supplies provide in reducing connection errors. However, PHS will offer non-ENFit supplies until they are no longer available. As we receive updates on these older products, we will let you know.
Our clinicians are experts on ENFit supplies. We will teach you how to use ENFit connectors and make sure you are confident using them. To get help switching to this improved connector, call PHS at 800-225-7477. We can answer any questions you may have. You can also visit PHSENFit.com. There, you will find up-to-date information, resources, frequently asked questions, and more.Originally published: August 9, 2021