Articles  |   December 2013
Updated and New Joint Commission FAQs: Laryngoscopes and Endotracheal Tubes
Author Affiliations
  • Ana Pujols-McKee, M.D.
    Chief Medical Officer of The Joint Commission
  • Beverly K. Philip, M.D.
    ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs
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Articles   |   December 2013
Updated and New Joint Commission FAQs: Laryngoscopes and Endotracheal Tubes
ASA Monitor 12 2013, Vol.77, 28-31.
ASA Monitor 12 2013, Vol.77, 28-31.
Based on the volume of questions received from organizations and the number of related findings identified during surveys, The Joint Commission has updated its FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about laryngoscope blades and expanded it to cover handles. In addition, it was determined that a new FAQ on endotracheal tubes (ETTs) was needed. Both FAQs can help organizations comply with Infection Control standard IC.02.02.01: The organization reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies.
See the “FAQ on laryngoscope blades and handles – How to clean, disinfect and store these devices” and “FAQ on endotracheal tubes – How to clean, disinfect and store this device” (www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/jcfaq.aspx) below. The Joint Commission recommends using existing evidence-based guidelines and manufacturer’s instructions for use as they pertain to cleaning, disinfection, sterilization (as indicated), and storage practices of laryngoscope blades and handles, and ETTs. Joint Commission surveyors will evaluate processes related to cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and storage of laryngoscope blades and handles, and ETTs to ensure they are safe for patient use.
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