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Date:7/15/2009

position papers and scientific articles, as well as creating industry dialogue on this topic. One key issue is to establish design standards for an enteral connector so that they are not compatible with connectors from other medical devices such as IVs, neuroaxial devices, breathing systems, or blood pressure cuffs. These standards redesign take years to develop and implement but the concern is great about medical misconnections and the change process has begun.

Key A.S.P.E.N. resources:

Enteral Feeding Misconnections: An Update, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, June 2009.

Enteral Misconnections paper in the May 2008 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

The Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations. This recently released document covers ordering and labeling of enteral nutrition; enteral formula (medical foods) and infant formula regulation; water and enteral formula safety and stability; enteral nutrition administration and more.

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 5,500 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists
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