Disposable versus Reusable Laryngoscopes: Are Providers' Perceptions Slowing Change?
Dr. Debra Minzola
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Department of Nursing
Anesthesia providers have long depended on reusable laryngoscopes to intubate the trachea. Cross contamination from this equipment to patients has been documented in several studies and continues to be a focus of several professional organizations. Increased cleaning requirements have been shown to damage the essential light source of the laryngoscope making failed intubation and its’ devastating consequences a real concern. Since disposable laryngoscopes are now more cost efficient, recyclable and of higher quality, it is important to determine why anesthesia providers continue to be reluctant to make this change. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to examine anesthesia providers’ perceptions of disposable laryngoscopes and any change in perceptions after exposure to these products.