Due to the increase in size of the ENFit connector and safety collar, concerns have been raised about the delivery of oral medication. The size of the ENFit connector can be too large when giving oral medication to neonates. Low dose syringes all come with a safety collar to prevent any risk of connection to an ET tube. On occasion, when medicines have been drawn up directly from a bottle, or through cup fill, liquid can pool on the underside of the safety collar as the syringe is removed.
There are two methods of preventing these occurrences. The first is to use an oral tip syringe when delivering oral medication. The second is to use straws and bottle adaptors when medication is being drawn up to administer down a tube.
Using bottle adaptors and straws is a great method of reducing wastage of medication whilst also improving accuracy.