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    New drape speeds ophthalmic surgery

     

    “The new drape can cover the eyelids completely to enclose the eyelashes and prevent the meibomian secretion, leaving a wide and uniformly clean surgical field,” Dr. Akahoshi said. “This allows the surgeon to concentrate on the surgery more fully and more comfortably. By blocking the contaminated meibomian secretion, the new drape helps to diminish the risk of endophthalmitis. In the 15 years we have used this type of drape, we have not encountered any bacterial endophthalmitis at all.”

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    The new drape is no more expensive than conventional drapes, he added, and is easier for scrub nurses and other assistants to place and to remove.

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    “This new drape is extremely easy to use and provides an improved surgical field,” he said. “It will prevent contamination of the surgical field and can prevent endophthalmitis due to contamination. And because it reduces the preparation time, it can increase the number of surgeries you can perform in the same time period.”

     

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    Dr. Akahoshi reports no financial interests the products detailed in this article. Product prototypes were produced courtesy of ASICO.

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