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New Global Enteral Device Connector

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:59

Dr Sheldon Cooper (Chair, BAPEN Medical) & Prof Alastair Forbes (Chair, BSG Small Bowel & Nutrition Committee)

A new International Standard (ISO 80369-3) is being published this year and covers all connectors on enteral devices.

In order to comply with the International Standard, a new global enteral feeding device connector design (named ENFit) will be introduced across the UK from September 2015. The ENFit introduction will be a 2-stage process, with transition giving sets and gravity sets made available from September 2015, followed by ENFit feeding tubes and syringes being introduced from March 2016.

To facilitate the smooth transition to the ISO standard, a group made up of industry, clinical and NHS stakeholders was formed and named the EPSG (Enteral Plastic Safety Group). The EPSG represents all leading UK enteral feeding devices suppliers, with clinical representation from the PENG of the BDA, NNNG and supported by PINNT, BAPEN and BPNG. The following companies are members of the EPSG: Abbott; Corpak; Covidien; Fresenius Kabi; GBUK Enteral (Enteral UK); Intervene; Medicina; Nutricia; Vygon. EPSG member companies and NHS Supply Chain have agreed not to place any ENFit enteral feeding device (other than transition giving sets and gravity sets) into the UK market until 14th March 2016. It is envisaged that this process will minimise disruption to the NHS, whilst maintaining patient safety at all times. For further information about ENFit and how the changeover affects you and your patients, please contact your current enteral devices supplier or any of the following represented clinical groups: PENG of the BDA, NNNG, PINNT, BAPEN, BPNG.

What's hot in coeliac disease?

Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:05

Coeliac disease occurs when genetically predisposed individuals are exposed to dietary gluten. The clinical presentation of coeliac disease can be diverse, extending far beyond the traditional malabsorptive symptoms, and asymptomatic disease is generally identified by screening. At present, a gluten-free diet is the only available therapy for coeliac disease.

Online Course: Feeding Difficulties in Children with Gastrointestinal Disorders

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:59

Although feeding difficulties are a common phenomenon in children with gastrointestinal disorders, symptoms are often not recognised early enough, preventing early management and the escalation of symptoms. It is important that healthcare professionals familiarise themselves with this topic, as difficulties may impact on both the child's growth and development as well as the wider psychological well-being of the child and family.

This teaching module explains current evidence as well as addressing some of the more practical issues of management, which may assist you in your daily practice.

BSG Survey Evaluating UK Service Provision for PEG

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:58

The BSG have recently completed and published a web-based audit which provides an overview of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) services across the UK. The Audit Committee are very grateful to all the members of the BSG for taking the time to take part in this web-based questionnaire. There was an 83% response rate reflecting the ability of BSG members to produce and participate in high quality audits.

This National BSG survey demonstrates variations in practice, particularly with regards to PEG insertion in patients with dementia, the timing of PEG insertion and PEG aftercare. These variations in practice may be important factors accounting for the significant morbidity and mortality associated with this procedure. The full article has recently been published:

For any BSG members who would wish a copy please feel free to contact Chris Romaya ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Matt Kurien ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or David Sanders ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

NPSA Safety Alert: Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes in adults, children and infants

Friday, 25 March 2011 14:38

This Alert updates and strengthens Patient Safety Alert 05 (Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes) and is based on national learning since then.

The Alert must be actioned by all organisations in the NHS and independent sector where nasogastric feeding tubes are placed and used for feeding patients. An executive director, nominated by the chief executive, working with relevant medical and nursing staff should ensure, through reviewing policies, procedures and staff training that by 12 September 2011 they have met the six objectives highlighted in the Alert. These are described in full on the NPSA website.