According to the ASA statement on the standard for infection prevention and control for tracheal intubation, which of the following is most accurate?
The ASA statement on standard practice for infection prevention and control instruments for tracheal intubation gives the following recommendations involving all instruments used for tracheal intubation:
They should be properly cleaned using standard methods for decontamination and high-level disinfection between each patient use. However, sterility is not required.
They should be stored in a clean environment.
Prepackaged tracheal tubes can be opened and checked. Data suggest that storage and subsequent use of such tracheal tubes is reasonable for up to 48 hours.
The rationale behind these recommendations is that the oropharynx is not a sterile environment, but a reasonable level of cleanliness should be maintained when handling these devices. On the other hand, prevention of contamination...