I've beenÂ following this Forum forÂ over aÂ year.Â I have gleaned much valuable information.Â I want to improve my practice and I value the contributions of allÂ the wonderful nurses who areÂ out there everyday, taking care of patients.
I see many postings from people who are not nurses (the kind thatÂ work at the beside actually practicing),Â but work for manufacturers.Â One in particular seems toÂ PUSH VERYÂ HARD to drive practice for the benefit of the company she works for.Â To the point of rudeness and bullying.Â Is this ethical?Â And why does her company condone this?Â I guess it's because it sells catheters.
To this manufacturers rep, I thank you for yourÂ opinion that a taper doesn't cause any complications in the vessel.Â Â Are there official parameters for taper vs larger catheter? Â Do you believe that a silent thrombus is not a problem?Â You didn't believe it before your company came out with the large tapered catheter.Â What has happened toÂ make you change your mind?
I like unbiased, practice based information.Â I don't think it can come from a manufacturer's representative.Â One of my co-workers told me this site was owned by Bard.Â If that's so then I'm sorry for posting negatively on your site.Â But I don't believe it is.Â I just think they've grabbed an opportunity to influence practice and promote their catheters.Â It seems to be working and I findÂ that very discouraging.Â
I would very much like to hear less from manufacturers on this site and more fromÂ practicing clinicians.Â Â I believe they can offer insight to the particulars of their product, I don't think it's safe for them to address practice issues.Â I wondered if anyone else shared the same concerns.