This page contains information about the changeover from Luer devices to ISO 80369-6 devices for safe neural delivery of medicines.
Advice for every anaesthetist and pain medicine practitioner.
In this document, the Commission and ANZCA provide information to facilitate the safe introduction of neural devices with connectors that comply with ISO 80369-6:2016 across Australia. This includes a guideline for implementation and a safety checklist.
In health care, administration of fluids via the incorrect route can cause significant harm to patients. The engineering solution to reduce misconnections between medical devices by using application specific connectors is an obvious one to improve patient safety, however, the implementation of devices with new connectors is ambitious and has many challenges. Experiences and work done in other jurisdictions will assist with the introduction in Australia of devices with new connectors.
GEDSA developed the Stay Connected® initiative to coordinate the global launch of the safer NRFit® connectors.
NRFit® New Design Overview
View the new design changes in place for NRFit® Connectors.
Dr Matt Drake on the neural connector changeover
On 5 June the Auckland District Health Board became the first full healthcare facility in New Zealand and Australia to change to the neural connector standard. Anaesthetist Dr Matt Drake led the complex implementation at Auckland City Hospital, Starship Children’s Hospital and the Greenlane Clinical Centre. He tells us about the process, why anaesthetists should choose to lead it and whether it worked.
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