Classification of Laryngoscopes

 

1. Conventional Laryngoscopes

The Conventional Laryngoscope, also referred to as a Standard Laryngoscope, has a light bulb incorporated into the blade, approximately 1/3 of the distance from the tip. The light bulb screws into position and is powered via an integral line that transfers power from the batteries located within the handle.

2. Fibre Optic Laryngoscopes

The bulb in a Fibre Optic Laryngoscope is located in the handle and the light is transferred to the proximal tip of the blade via a fibre optic bundle, so the light is transmitted without heat, eliminating the risk of thermal damage to the patient's tissues within the patient’s oral cavity.

Single Patient Use Handles and Disposable Blades

Prions, such as those associated with vCJD, are known to survive autoclaving, so a risk of cross-infection can remain even after sterilisation. Inadequate cleaning and reprocessing may also lead to residual bacterial and viral contamination.

Studies have shown that even decontaminated laryngoscope handles are a major source of cross contamination, with few being sterilised as often as needed.1

Flexicare’s range of single patient use laryngoscope blades and handles, such as BritePro Solo and BriteBlade Pro, eliminates the risk of cross contamination.

It has been demonstrated that single use blades and handles are cost effective when compared with reusable laryngoscopes.

Difficult Intubation

The lever operated hinged tip of Flexicare's Flexible blades provides greater tongue lift for an improved view of the airway during difficult intubations.


1 D. Williams, J. Dingley, C. Jones, N. Berry ‘Contamination of laryngoscope handles’ Journal of Hospital Infection (2010) 74, 123-128