The Case for Single-use Laryngoscope Blades Just Got Stronger.
Guidelines published by The Joint Commission require, among other
directives, that reusable laryngoscope blades are processed via sterilization
or high-level disinfection and stored in a peel pack (long-term), or wrapped in
a sterile towel (short-term). Noncompliant storage would include unwrapped
blades in an anesthesia drawer or on top of a code cart.1
This makes the case for switching to single-use laryngoscope blades
Six Reasons To Switch To Single-Use Blades
- Become Joint Commission-compliant in storing laryngoscope blades.
- Reduce cost and workflow steps related to reprocessing reusable blades.
- Eliminate the chance of re-contaminating sterilized reusable blades through inconsistent or unsterile storage options.
- Achieve instant visibility to blade style and size by using single-patient use blades packaged and labeled individually in a clear peel pack. Know instantly what you have on hand for any emergency or scheduled surgery.
- Enhance patient care by using single patient-use laryngoscope blades.
- Avoid non-reimbursement from Medicare due to cross-contamination acquired due to “preventable infections resulting from a hospital stay.”2
If you’ve considered streamlining your blade inventory or switching
to single-use blades, now is the time.
The Joint Commission, Infection Prevention and
Control (CAMH/Hospitals), Laryngoscope Blades, How should we process and store
laryngoscope blades? (October 24, 2011). FAQ available at: http://www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/jcfaqdetails.aspx?StandardsFAQChapterId=69&StandardsFAQId=386