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ISO 80369 Standard for Small-bore Connectors
The widespread use of luer fittings in medical devices makes it easier for incompatible medical devices to connect with each other. These misconnections can result in patient injury or even death.
Enter ISO 80369
The International Standards Organization, along with the AAMI and other industry groups, is developing a series of standards to minimize the risk of medical misconnections. By defining unique small-bore connectors for common healthcare applications, medical device manufacturers are able to evaluate the connectors they use against the standards and determine any associated risks. CPC is an active participant in the ISO 80369 development process.
CPC provides a wide range of small-bore medical couplings that ensure mistake-proof connections. Our ISO 80369 compatible couplings, as well as couplings that match your unique medical environment, are designed to provide a seamless and safe fluid handling solution.
Risk management for medical device connectors
Risk management questions to consider
1. Are there any hazards inherent in the connector design or material? Is the connector easy to operate correctly by professionals (as in a hospital setting) and intuitive enough for non-professionals (such as home healthcare providers or family members)?
2. What other devices are being used in the same environment that may have an interconnectable connector? What is the likelihood of connections being made between these incompatible devices?
3. What is the function of the device or machine being connected? Is the fluid transfer occurring under pressure or a vacuum? What type of fluid is being transferred?
4. How could a misconnection happen? How frequently is this likely to occur? Again, it is important to consider the environment in which the device will be used. A blood pressure cuff in a doctor’s office or supermarket, for instance, may present a lower risk of misconnection compared to a blood pressure cuff used in hospitals with IV lines, enteral lines, and so forth immediately around the patient.
5. If a misconnection did occur, what are the possible consequences?
6. What level of risk is acceptable for the assessing organization?
To learn more about small-bore connector standards and its impact on medical device designs, see the following published articles: