To the Editor:—
Use of a laryngoscope during intubation is a daily routine for every anesthesiologist. However, cleansing and sterilization of the laryngoscope blade is a nuisance to nurses or other paramedical personnel because blood clots or sputum may lodge into small spaces, which are difficult to clean completely. Since July 1999, our department has used a condom as a blade cover during laryngoscopy, and our use has been successful.
The advantages of using a condom as a blade cover are as follow:
ease of availability and inexpensiveness (approximately $0.06 each)
adequate transparency, enabling a high degree of light penetration
adequate elasticity to accommodate almost any blade size
ease of mounting and dismounting because of readily available lubricant
good bacteria and virus barrier