Making Safe Connections: New Standards Will Make Tubing Connections Safer

An IV line connected to a tracheostomy tube. Blood pressure tubing connected to a ventilator in-line suction catheter. An IV infusion connected to an indwelling urinary catheter. Hard as it is to imagine, improper connections like these happen. The risk of incorrectly connecting a patient’s tubing is high and can have serious consequences. But new design standards for connectors will significantly reduce the risk.

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Ebola Update: What’s New

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