[Skip to Navigation]
Article
May 1967

Sterilization of Anesthesia Apparatus

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(5):472. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040474002

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

THE INCREASING use of intratracheal anesthesia has introduced a new possibility for producing infection in a patient undergoing prolonged surgery in a clean field. An example in otolaryngology is the transtemporal bone microsurgical removal of acoustic neuromas where postoperative meningitis and pneumonitis are potential serious complications.

Sterilization of anesthesia equipment presents a rather difficult problem, since bulky rubber items do not easily lend themselves to usual sterilizing techniques. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Meeks et al consider the problem. Two methods of sterilizing face masks, breathing tubes, rebreathing bags and endotracheal tubes and correctors were utilized, with cultures made before and after sterilization. The first method included thorough washing (and brushing where this could be done) with hexachlorophene and water followed by rinsing and soaking in buffered glutaraldehyde for ten minutes.

After the first method (alcohol soaking after washing in hexachlorophene) there was only a slight decrease

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
Add or change institution
×