- Meet Consumers/Patients
Velcro Catheter/Enteral Tube Holder
During the conference, the issue of catheters and enteral tubes being caught and pulled was raised. One consumer recommended using a green and white velcro catheter/enteral tube holder which can be attached to the user’s clothing or undergarments and is washable. Dr. Darlene Kelly, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, recommends using a velcro holder to take the stress off of the catheter/EN tube and skin at the exit site. The holder helps prevent the catheter or EN tube from getting caught, tugged, pulled or dislocated. (The velcro holder is favored over the traditional tape and safety pin technique, because consumers have accidentally stuck safety pins through their catheter/tubing and have gotten scratched by broken safety pins.)
The velcro holder is manufactured by Bird & Cronin, which unfortunately, does not sell directly to consumers. To purchase the product we suggest trying one of the three following options:
1. A local durable medical equipment and supply company;
2. One of Bird & Cronin’s distributors, such as Burrows, Berg & Brunswick, General Medical Allegiance, Owen & Mirror or Physician Sales & Service (PSS); OR
3. The Mayo Clinic store. Call toll-free (888) 303-9354 and ask for the green and white velcro catheter/tube holder. They cost $2.66 ea.