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Microbiological sampling of the forgotten components of a flexible fiberoptic laryngoscope: what lessons can we learn?

Authors
  • Bhatt, Jay M
  • Peterson, Ellena M
  • Verma, Sunil P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Otolaryngology
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2014
Volume
150
Issue
2
Pages
235–236
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0194599813513424
PMID: 24334960
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The effectiveness of a Cidex-based decontamination protocol was analyzed for its effectiveness in cleaning various components of a flexible fiberoptic laryngoscope (FFL), including the handle, eyepiece, and detachable light cable. A random microbiological sampling and aerobic bacterial culture analysis of 6 FFL eyepieces, 6 FFL driver handles, and 5 light cables prior to patient use was performed. Of 17 samples collected, 7 (41%) were contaminated with bacterial organisms. Organisms recovered represented both environmental organisms from skin and oral flora origin. This study demonstrates that potential contaminants may be present on FFL eyepieces and light cables, which are commonly overlooked in the cleaning protocols of a standard otolaryngology clinic.

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