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Outbreak of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery: the importance of the quality of the surgical wound

Published inInfection control and hospital epidemiology, vol. 27, no. 11, p. 1246-1248
Publication date2006
Abstract

Postoperative endophthalmitis is a rare but potentially devastating condition. We investigated an outbreak of 8 cases of endophthalmitis in patients who underwent phakectomy performed by a single surgeon from January through September 2004. The outbreak was traced to damaged surgical blades, and it highlights the importance of the quality of the surgical wound.

Keywords
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract Extraction/ adverse effects
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Endophthalmitis/ epidemiology/etiology
  • Equipment Failure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Surgical Instruments/ adverse effects
  • Surgical Wound Infection/ epidemiology/etiology
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HUGONNET, Stéphane et al. Outbreak of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery: the importance of the quality of the surgical wound. In: Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 2006, vol. 27, n° 11, p. 1246–1248. doi: 10.1086/508836
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