Implementing the ENFit Standards: Preparing for the impact on clinical practice

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2016/09/29 19:30

Join us to learn about the new ENFit standard that will be implemented starting in 2016 and its potential impacts on paediatric practice across Canada. 

Tom Hancock, the Executive Director at the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA), will be sharing the background on the issues related to tubing misconnections, the global effort to establish a series of ISO standard design for system specific applications including the ISO 80369-3 enteral system design standards commonly known as ENFit.  We will share details on what the new ENFit system will look like and how to carefully transition to this safer feeding system that will reduce the risk of tubing misconnections.  He will also share specifics on addressing medication delivery of low volume doses with the use of ENFit Low Dose Tip Syringes.  Tom will also discuss tools and strategies for appropriate implementation. Visit for additional information.

Dr. Gina Rempel and Mary-Ellen Lee from the Children's Hospital Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg will also join us to discuss the impact of these new standards on clinical practice. There are "off label" practices with enteral feeding tubes (for example drainage and suction) that will be impacted with the ENfit conversion.  We hope to engage members in a dialog about the gaps that will exist and how we can be proactive in changing our practice and advocate with industry leaders to find solutions.

We hope you will are able to join us for this informative and important conversation.

Click here to download the presentation slides:

Tom Hancock's Presentation Slides

Dr. Gina Remple and Mary-Ellen Lee's Presentation Slides

TJH bio pic (1).jpgTom Hancock is a founder and executive director of The Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA), a group of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of tube feeding devices. He leads the development, coordination and global launch of the Stay Connected initiative, a collaborative effort to help introduce ISO design standards for small-bore connectors to reduce medical device tubing misconnections. Involved in the small bore initiative since 2009, Tom works in cooperation with the FDA, AAMI, TJC, CMS, A.S.P.E.N., ISMP, ASHP, Premier Safety Institute, Vizient, HealthTrust, The Oley Foundation, Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation and a host of other partner associations representing various health care professionals, practice experts, advocacy groups and manufacturers/suppliers to ensure the health care community is aware, prepared and ready to adopt new, safer connectors for medical devices. Tom has spent 20 years in healthcare as a marketer, business leader and consultant. He has also served in various leadership roles at Abbott Laboratories, Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare Advertising and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Tom has a BS in Marketing & Urban Studies from Lehigh University and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

IMG_4296.PNGDr. Gina Rempel is a developmental pediatrician specializing in feeding and swallowing problems in children with medical complexity. As such, she is the medical lead on the in- and out-patient Feeding Eating and Swallowing Teams at Children’s Hospital Winnipeg and the Rehabilitation Centre for Children and the Manitoba Home Nutrition Program through which all children who are enterally fed at home are followed. She is also the section head of Complex Care and Chief Medical Officer of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children at SSCY Centre in Winnipeg.

photo 1 (1).JPGMary-Ellen Lee, RNBN is a Quality Improvement Officer for the WRHA Child Health program in Winnipeg Manitoba. She got her first position as a nurse at HSC Children’s Hospital in 2005 in the medicine program.  In 2011 she took on the position of a nurse educator and it was in this role that she learned more about the challenges with enteral feeding and the upcoming practice changes with ENFit.

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