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Correspondence  |   September 2000
Use of a Condom as a Blade Cover for Laryngoscope
Author Notes
  • Department of Anesthesia
  • Chi-Mei Foundation Hospital
  • Tainan, Taiwan
  • edmundso@ipx.ntntc.edu.tw
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   September 2000
Use of a Condom as a Blade Cover for Laryngoscope
Anesthesiology 9 2000, Vol.93, 906. doi:
Anesthesiology 9 2000, Vol.93, 906. doi:
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