This White Paper is a translated and edited version of a
guideline document drafted by the German Coalition for Patient
Safety (Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit/APS). It contains
guidelines intended for all parties involved with the complex
changeover to ISO 80369 connectors and it aims to contribute to
patient safety across the different healthcare applications.
Over a certain transitional period it is anticipated that product
systems that currently use a Luer or Luer style connector, and
are not intended for intravascular or hypodermic use, will need
to connect with a part of the product system that uses the new
connector, which will be incompatible with the current system.
This is expected to occur not only within a specific health care
facility but also across health care sectors such as doctor’s
practices, out-patient and stationary care/rehab facilities,
pharmacies, and homecare among others. As a consequence, health
care facilities should plan for and execute the changeover, i.e.
the transition from medical products and accessories using Luer
or Luer style connectors to medical products using the new
connectors, into their normal care processes.
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