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ASPEN Clinical Nutrition Week 2015

This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Long Beach, California to attend ASPEN's Clinical Nutrition Week convention with the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation. After a very stressful week last week, I was SO ready for a vacation all by myself! It started off on a great note too. The plane was teeny but there was nobody in the seat next to me so I got to stretch my legs out as much as I wanted.

I was more productive during my hour long plane ride than I've been in any other one hour period in recent history because the only interruption I had was the flight attendant bringing me a beverage. I welcome that kind of interruption. I got several lists made and just got to take some deep breaths and let go of the stress from the week.

This is the 4th medical conference I've attended for the purpose of promoting the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation and I am hooked. I absolutely LOVE the work we are doing! I also like it when I get my name badges and they say things like this:
Not entirely sure how I got put into the PhD/Researcher category but it looks nice next to my name. Maybe someday...

My friend/colleague Traci (the founder of FTA) and I spent most of our weekend running a booth in the exhibition hall where we had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of clinicians (doctors, nurses, and dietitians) about the mission of FTA. Here's the booth:
(picture courtesy of Traci)

We also had a little bit of down time on Sunday and that gave us time to walk down to the pier and enjoy the beautiful weather.

And now for the news.
*Disclaimer: what I'm about to say does not answer ALL of the unanswered questions about ENFit but it does answer a couple of them*

The big, wonderful, fantastic, exciting news is that we have now SEEN a 60ml ENFit O ring syringe. They DOOOOOOO exist, just like we hoped they would. Unfortunately, NeoMed has not received final FDA approval for them yet so we were not able to take a picture of the prototype, but rest assured there ARE going to be ENFit O ring syringes. According to the reps we talked to, NeoMed syringes are already available through most of the major supply companies and will continue to be available through those companies during and after the ENFit transition so those who are doing blenderized diet with O ring syringes, you WILL be able to get them.

Another exciting bit of news to report is that we have also seen 2 different prototypes of medicine bottle adapters that will work with ENFit medication syringes. The 2 we saw were very different from each other. One was a very simple design. It was a screw-on cap with a small peg on the top (like the tip of a slip tip syringe) and the ENFit syringe would fit over the top of the peg. The other was a lot more complicated. It was made out of a rubbery material and had a cone shaped piece that fit down into the bottle, and then an ENFit connector attached to the top that the ENFit syringe would screw into. Either way, there ARE medicine bottle adapters for ENFit syringes. It is hard to be patient and live with the unknowns of the ENFit transition, but most of the products that we all have questions about (i.e. syringes and medicine bottle adapters) are still pending FDA approval and that is why we have not seen information released yet. We did see these prototypes at CNW though, so they really do exist!

*Update: thanks to Abby at ThriveRx, here is the Covidien medicine bottle adapter:

We did get to see (and take pictures of) a few ENFit products. Boston Scientific had a sample of a Y port extension that will be coming out when they release their new low-profile balloon button this summer. The extension will be compatible with the MicKey button and the AMT Mini One button as well. They also had a couple of adapters. One was ENFit to catheter tip, which will allow people to connect the adapter to an ENFit extension tube or feeding tube and use a catheter tip syringe with it. They also had an ENFit to slip tip adapter, which will allow for the use of current slip tip syringes for meds. That should help ease the transition to finding ENFit medicine syringes and bottle cap adapters. Here are a few pictures of the items Boston Scientific had on display:

We also got to see the Corpak Farrell Valve bag with the new ENFit connector on it. Here are a few pictures of that. Here is the Farrell Valve connector with a transition adapter, which is how they will be delivered during the first stage of the transition:

Here is what it looks like without the transition piece:

And this is what it will look like when there is a feed set connected to the Y on the Farrell Valve tubing:

We had some great conversations with clinicians and reps from some of the companies that manufacture and distribute feeding tube-related products. We wrapped up an amazing Feeding Tube Awareness Week while we were there, and I am excited to see where things go for FTA in the next few months!


  1. Thanks for all the insider info ;) You guys are awesome!

  2. Thank you for the pictures, information, and even the exciting news of an o-ring on the horizon.


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