The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication regarding the risk of strangulation with enteral feeding delivery sets.
The alert follows 2 reports of death from strangulation with the associated tubing that occurred in 2021. In both cases, the toddlers were found with the tubing wrapped around their necks for a short period of time (approximately 10 minutes in one case).
In light of these reports, the Agency is recommending that health care providers communicate the potential risk of strangulation to colleagues and caregivers so that protocols to monitor medical line safety are followed.
In addition to increasing awareness of the issue in the community, the FDA is working with manufacturers to evaluate the factors that may have contributed to these deaths.
In the meantime, the Agency encourages reporting of device-related problems through the MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.
Potential risk of strangulation in children who use enteral feeding delivery sets. News release. February 8, 2022. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/potential-risk-strangulation-children-who-use-enteral-feeding-delivery-sets