Update on rollout of neural connector devices

30 July 2021

An update on the introduction of neural connectors in Australia and New Zealand

The Neural Connector Device Working Group (NCDWG), set up by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) held its first meeting on 13 May 2021. Dr Phoebe Mainland represents ANZCA on the working group.

Made up of peak bodies and state and territory representatives, the NCDWG has been formed to provide guidance and support with national collaboration on the implementation of neural connectors. Discussions so far have focussed on information sharing and supply issues.

An article by Dr Matthew Drake, who has coordinated a very successful rollout of devices with neural connectors across the Auckland District Health Board, will appear in the Spring issue of the ANZCA Bulletin.

Other resources which may be of interest include:

  • Introduction of Connectors to Prevent Misconnection (Neuraxial Anesthesia), Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (Japan); Medical Safety Information No.55 August 2018. Available from: www.pmda.go.jp/files/000225311.pdf
  • Neuraxial Connectors (NRFit®), Overview of Design Changes; Stay Connected/Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA). Available from: stayconnected.org/neuraxial-nrfit/

Last updated 15:39 30.07.2021