My career as an RN began 28 years ago in a medical intensive care unit (MICU) in Birmingham, Alabama. Back in those days, the standard procedure to secure endotracheal tubes involved the use of tape or twill cloth. Unfortunately, this technique commonly led to skin breakdown on the face and lips, often considered an unavoidable risk of intubation. Severe cases even required intensive wound care or surgical intervention. The fact is, although there were protocols and procedures being followed to help avoid these complications, skin issues with oral intubation continued to persist. At the time, other forms of securement were fairly rare, and usually too expensive to be considered a viable option. Eventually, a global focus on the prevention of pressure ulcers would change the industry.
Clinical practice had introduced me to the quality products Hollister Incorporated had to offer. In 2009, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to come aboard as a clinical nurse educator for the Hollister Incorporated Critical Care business. This position allowed me to interact with clinicians on a daily basis, build relationships, and gain insight into how our products not only affect the lives of patients, but also the clinicians that use them. I quickly learned that the AnchorFast oral endotracheal tube fastener was a product making a clear impact in the market.
This experience gave me a solid foundation for the opportunity to transition to sales specialist position in 2013. It is a pleasure to work for a company with such integrity, patient focus, and complete commitment to developing products like AnchorFast and AnchorFast Guard oral endotracheal tube fasteners. These products have truly revolutionized how we care for patients. Currently, more than 300 hospitals in my territory alone use AnchorFast products as their ET tube securement device of choice. With the introduction of the AnchorFast Guard product, almost 90% of the major facilities in this same territory utilize one or both of the devices.
I was recently talking with a nurse I met all those years ago in MICU. She remembered the terrible issues we used to have with tape and twill. She still works in that same unit, but they have been using AnchorFast products for several years now. Other devices have been tried, yet nothing compares to the benefits of AnchorFast. This nurse told me that even though she doesn’t think about it a lot, implementing the AnchorFast product played a major role in improving the overall quality of care for their ventilated patients. I greatly respect her opinion, because I know this particular nurse is brutally honest … it’s one of the reasons I married her 20 years ago.
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