October 16, 2012 — Published guidelines classify the blades of rigid laryngoscopes (used for intubation) as semi-critical devices that require cleaning followed by high-level disinfection (or sterilization) after each use.(3,13-15) Failure to reprocess the rigid laryngoscope’s handle properly, like that of its blade (to which the handle attaches), can pose an increased risk of healthcare-associated infections…

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