Safe Tubing, Safe Hospitals: Tubing Laws in California and Beyond

California hospitals want to protect patients by avoiding tubing misconnections. State law asks that they do so by using connectors that are specific to intravenous, enteral feeding or epidural lines, rather than connectors that are multi-purpose.

One such design is known as ENFit. It does stop tubing misconnections, which could otherwise cause medication, nutrition or other fluids to be delivered to the wrong place in an infant’s body. But some hospitals and health care providers have concerns about the ENFit design.

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