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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 99-102

Laryngoscope decontamination techniques: A survey

1 Department of Anaesthesia, G. B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia, PGIMER, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
4 Ex-Department of Anaesthesia, G. B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Rajiv Chawla
Department of Anaesthesia, G. B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.175706

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Background and Aims: India is a vast country with variable, nonuniform healthcare practices. A laryngoscope is an important tool during general anesthesia and resuscitation. The study aimed to determine the current practices of laryngoscope decontamination in India. Material and Methods: An online survey was conducted amongst 100 anesthesiologists to determine the common methods of laryngoscope decontamination adopted in their settings. The survey was done over 6 months after validating the questionnaire. Results: A total of 73 responses were received out of 100. The result of the survey revealed that there is no uniform technique of laryngoscope decontamination. There is marked variability in techniques followed not only among different institutions, but also within the same institution. Conclusion: There are no fixed protocols adopted for laryngoscope decontamination. Thus, there is a need to develop definitive guidelines on this subject, which can be implemented in India.

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