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The linking of two sets of wires or tubes that share a common fitting and therefore seem to work with each other even though they may carry incompatible or dangerous substances that should not be administered to a patient.
Misconnection errors can be prevented by carefully tracing each tube to its source and verifying its contents; or systematically by manufacturing unique fittings or connectors that cannot link incompatible agents.
See also: error
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