Dr. Lawrence F Muscarella PhD

“The FDA (and CDC) is respectfully requested to consider clarifying for manufacturers and for healthcare practitioners whether it classifies the handle of rigid laryngoscopes (which attaches to the laryngoscope’s blade and may become contaminated during the direct or indirect contact with mucous membranes, or during the blade’s folding) as a semi-criticial device requiring, like the blade, high-level disinfection (at a minimum) after each use.

Standardization of the reprocessing requirements of the rigid laryngoscope’s blade and handle is important to prevent user confusion, for the completeness and consistency of published guidelines, to improve the quality of instrument reprocessing, and minimize the risk of HAIs.”

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