March 2013
Anesthesiology News_Resable Surgical Devices Pose Cross – Contamination Risk 3
By Michael Vlessides

“… more than half of such items are contaminated with microorganisms, highlighting the risk for cross-contamination in even the most sterile settings.”

“As the investigators reported at the 2012 annuel meeting of the International Anesthesia Research Society (abstract S-221), more than half the samples tested positive for the presence of microorganisms, although no resistant pathognes were identified (check the Table below).”

“… Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency issued a medical device alert for reusable laryngoscope handles after a patient developed a fatal septicemia.”

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