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A new international design standard for medical device tubing connectors is anticipated to be released in 2015 as part of a phased initiative called Stay Connected.
Stay Connected is led by an international group of clinicians, manufacturers, and regulators, which together developed ISO 80369-1. This standard establishes requirements for small bore connectors for liquids and gases, making it difficult, if not impossible, for unrelated delivery systems to be connected.
The introduction of this standard will mark a new milestone in the global effort to improve patient safety, starting with enteral feeding systems.