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 dvm3605 ways to wow pet owners (and pets) 10 steps to take when a practice owner dies dvm360 sits down with Dr. Pol Ack! How do you spell that again? "Best. Veterinary Practice. EVER."