Idea Exchange: Silicone bands secure suturing Oct 01, 2011 By dvm360.com staff VETERINARY MEDICINE To help secure an esophagostomy tube in a cat, we wrap a Miltex silicone band (Integra LifeSciences) around the red rubber catheter so the tube will not slip into the incision. Less suturing equals a happier patient. Molly Ekblad, veterinary assistant Stillwater, Minn. Molly Ekblad Related linksRead more Idea Exchange tipsIdea Exchange: Don't let IV lines slack offIdea Exchange: Use hair clips to secure catheters Hot topics on dvm360Pet Owner 2.0: A dvm360 Leadership Challenge Veterinary issues in 2016: Will this be the year of telemedicine? Top 8 nastiest things to clean at a veterinary practice The 12 days of veterinary client handouts Need a urine sample? Urine luck!