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Single Use

Reusable laryngoscopes are classified as high risk, and handles are a known source of cross contamination. Studies have shown that decontamination using impregnated germicidal wipes is ineffective - with between 75%1 and 86%2 of “patient ready” handles remaining positive for bacterial contamination.

The AAGBI Safety Guideline on Infection Control3 recommends that reusable laryngoscope handles be “sterilised by SSDs after every use”, and concludes “single-use disposable equipment will remove the difficulties of reuse and decontamination procedures. The use of such equipment is to be encouraged”.

resterilisation process laryngoscope

Offering optimal patient safety, reliability and the convenience of a single use system, BritePro Solo is cost effective4,5 compared with the purchase, maintenance, replacement, reprocessing and sterilisation costs of reusable laryngoscopes. BritePro Solo addresses the following issues:

  • - Laryngoscope failure rates of 30-50% as a result of reprocessing.6,7
  • - Cross-infection risk from bacterial contamination remaining after cleaning and decontamination.1,2
  • - Frequent loss and delays in laryngoscope availability.
  • - Diminished light transfer over time leading to lower rates of first time intubation success compared to disposable metal blades.6,7

ALWAYS READY

Simply open when needed, use and then dispose. BritePro Solo is ideal for all clinical areas, including Operating Theatres, Resuscitation Trolleys, Adult, Paediatric and Neonatal Critical Care, Obstretric Delivery Suites and Emergency situations.


1 Hill et al. Investigation of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other human prion diseases with tonsil biopsy samples. Lancet 1999 Jan 16;353
2 Gemmell L, et al AAGBI Safety Guideline: Infection Control in Anaesthesia. Anaesthesia (2008) 63; 1027-36
3 MHRA Medical Device Alert. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (2011) 27 September
4 Williams D, Dingley J, Jones C, Berry N. Contamination of Laryngoscope Handles. Journal of Hospital Infection (2010) 74, 123-128
5 Call T, Auerbach F, Riddell S, Kiska D, Thongrod S, Tham S, Nussmeier N. Nosocomial Contamination of Laryngoscope Handles: Challenging Current Guidelines. International Anesthesia Research Society (2009) Vol. 109, No. 2
6 Vasquez C. Cost of Reprocessing Reusable Laryngoscopes. Glendale Adventist Hospital (2012)
7 Nishiyama T. Changes in the Light Intensity of the Fiberoptic Laryngoscope Blade by Steam Sterilization. International Anesthesia Research Society. Vol. 104, No. 4, April 2007
8 Amour J, Le Manach Y, Borel M. Comparison of Single-use and Reusable Metal Laryngoscope Blades for Orotracheal Intubation during Rapid Sequence Induction of Anesthesia. Anesthesiology (2010) 112:325–32