A native of New Hampshire, Spike Guard inventor Tracy Lannan has been a practicing Registered Nurse (RN) for over 30 years. She is a member in good standing of both the national Oncology Nursing Society and the Southern New Hampshire Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. As well, she holds a current ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Immunotherapy certificate. Having spent her last 13 years as an RN in an outpatient hematology/oncology clinic, on an almost daily basis, she is administering chemotherapeutics, immunotherapy, and blood products to patients intravenously.
So, Ms. Lannan’s experience with IV treatments is both extensive and very much hands-on. During Ms. Lannan’s lengthy experience in both emergency department and outpatient infusion oncology suite, she has witnessed the inherent risks of IV treatments firsthand. She has seen the disastrous consequences of inadvertent tugs, strains, and entanglement of IV lines attached to IV medication bags containing liquids that are both hazardous and very costly.
Regarding spills and other forms of exposure, Ms. Lannan has been both a victim of such incidences and a primary witness to them. That is why she is adamant about taking simple, cost effective actions to help mitigate this overlooked weakness in IV therapeutics. It is also what inspired her to invent and develop the Spike Guard, a relatively simple but highly effective device for preventing the dangerous and costly spills of IV fluids that she has witnessed so many times over the years.
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