Field, D. and Merrick, E., 2006. Risk management: postoperative endophthalmitis: caution is the watchword. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 16 (1), pp. 16-20.
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Postoperative endophthalmitis is the most feared complication following cataract surgery. It can be caused by infection entering the eye during surgery or by inadequately cleaned instruments. Sterile phaco handpieces might retain remnants of soft lens matter or viscoelastic which might later contaminate other patients causing inflammation in their eyes. The costs of an endophthalmitis outbreak are heavy including poor patient outcomes temporary theatre closure rising waiting lists and damage to a hospital’s reputation. This article raises awareness of endophthalmitis and provides useful recommendations for ophthalmic theatre personnel.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Postgraduate Medical Research and Education|
|Deposited By:||Mr Adam Field|
|Deposited On:||12 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 14:42|
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