|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 80369The 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 consider1. 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)?
Additional resourcesTo learn more about small-bore connector standards and its impact on medical device designs, see the following published articles:
Product resources• Fittings, Luers and Blood Pressure Cuff Connectors
Other resources• aami.org