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The accompanying illustration represents an improved atomizer. Recognizing that the ordinary atomizer in the hands of the average busy practitioner is far from ideal in respect to surgical cleanliness, I have had the old Philadelphia atomizer modified so that the distal portion of the nozzle (three and one-half inches) is detachable from the rest of the apparatus by means of a screw thread. This permits ready sterilization by boiling that part of the atomizer usually contaminated. To facilitate matters further, these atomizers are furnished with duplicate tips, which allow the atomizer to be repeatedly used without the delay incident to sterilization of the tip.
While this style of atomizer may not be applicable in all cases in which atomizers are employed, it is the type most universally used, so that the adoption of this suggestion should materially minimize the transference of infection from one patient to another.
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FAUGHT FA. AN EASILY STERILIZABLE ATOMIZER. JAMA. 1910;LIV(5):374. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550310001001i
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