• Nurse Anesthesiology is Innovation

    By Kelly Good, CRNA

    The practice of nurse anesthesiology involves caring for patients, who, following the briefest of initial encounters, must surrender their control and trust our ability to look after their best interests and needs, with attention to every detail. My commitment to providing the highest level of care to patients has led my 18-year career in bedside anesthesia care to one in innovation.   

    A newfound awareness regarding one of our simplest routines and most insignificant tools inspired innovative work in practice improvement. The reuse of rolls of tape among multiple patients to secure airways following anesthesia induction has become my area of focus. As established in medical literature, rolls of tape foster the growth of many infectious organisms and are a potential vector for disease transmission when shared among patients, especially near their mucous membranes. 

    Because a medical tape alternative that could always be guaranteed clean and single-use was absent in the market, I set out to create one. A long road of creative innovation, professional collaboration, applied nurse anesthesia bedside practice, and perseverance in the goal to minimize risk to our patients resulted in the creation of the KC Airway Taping System: A clean airway taping kit that includes a single-use tape to secure any airway device, as well as a protective tape-covering for the eyes.    

    My nurse anesthesiology innovation work was born from a willingness to look at our everyday practice and consider its impact on our patients. I have taken the time to deeply explore a gap in our care and develop solutions never thought of before, create alternatives never used before, and promote a type of care never considered before — all motivated by our professional duty to provide the highest level of care to our patients.   

    Kelly Good, CRNA and co-founder of KelCor, advocates for her patients by promoting the switch from reused rolls of tape to clean, single-use taping devices in anesthesia airway management. She hopes CRNAs everywhere will be able to provide better care by reducing the risks of patient-to-patient infection.