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New ENFit syringes are now used to give medicines and fluid through enteral feeding tubes. You will get the new ENFit syringes if your child has an extension set, long tube (PEG), NG tube, or G tube feeding device. Oral syringes used during inpatient hospital stays or clinic visits at St. Jude will also be ENFit syringes.
NOTE: If your child is an outpatient, you must request ENFit syringes from the outpatient pharmacy.
ENFit syringes help keep your child safe. Some medicines and formulas are only meant to be taken by mouth or through a feeding tube. The ENFit syringe is made only to connect to the tubing of your child’s enteral feeding tube. It cannot connect to other types of tubing. The ENFit syringe helps to keep medicines and other fluids from accidentally being given through an IV into the bloodstream.
ENFit syringes come in different sizes. The syringe connects to your child’s feeding tube by a purple ENFit connector.
A medication bottle adaptor is needed to use the ENFit syringe with regular medication bottles. An ENFit bottle fill cap goes on top of the bottle so you can fill the syringe.
A medication straw may also be used.
Take care to prevent giving too much medicine. Some ENFit syringes have a low dose tip. Low dose tip syringes include 0.5 mL, 1mL, 3mL, and 6mL syringes. These syringes have an area around the syringe tip called a moat. Always check that the moat is free of medication.
Do not use a medication cup to fill the syringe, as it may allow medicine to get in the moat. This can cause you to give too much medicine or cause overdose.
Follow these steps to make sure that you give the correct dose of medicine:
Check your child’s medication bottle to confirm the correct (purple) bottle fill cap is in place. You will not be able to use your ENFit syringes with regular medication bottle caps. A medication straw may also be used. Do not use a medication cup to fill the syringe.
If you have questions about the ENFit syringes or giving medicines or fluids through a feeding tube, please talk to your nurse, pharmacist, or dietitian.
Reviewed: August 2022