Patients in health care settings receive food, medication and other therapies through a variety of tubes and catheters. These delivery systems are often connected to one another by small-bore connectors (e.g. Luer connectors).
Because these connectors are compatible between different delivery systems, patient injuries and deaths have occurred when medicines, liquid feeding formulas, or air were accidentally delivered through the wrong tubing. These errors are sometimes called tubing misconnections, wrong route errors, catheter misconnections or Luer misconnections.
The FDA continues to work with industry and the standards community to promote the development of connectors that reduce the risk of misconnections.
Example of a Luer Lock
Photo Courtesy of Beaumont Hospitals