Anchor Fast Oral Endotracheal Tube Fastener
The Anchor Fast Oral Endotracheal Tube Fastener was developed to help clinicians secure oral endotracheal tubes during patient procedures. Farm collaborated with Hollister to redefine the attachment and performance requirements of the fastening system to enhance the unique features of tube stability, smooth repositioning, and skin protection that Hollister is recognized for.
Farm used Finite Element Analysis to help us design concepts that would further increase fastener performance without compromising critical features. As part of that analysis, we tested varying levels of pressure applied to the face in order to achieve the minimal pressure on the upper lip and surrounding tissue. We then researched and tested multiple elasticity and adhesive pad geometry options to optimize the fastener for stability and patient comfort. Because this is a single-use prduct, Farm integrated key part details into the product geometry to enhance both the DFM and DFA in order to meet cost constraints.
The final product is a much-improved tube fastener with a comfortable, adjustable padded neck band that facilitates trouble-free movement and is easy to secure and reposition, giving clinicians convenient access to the mouth and throat for suctioning and oral care.