At the suggestion of Dr. F. H. Verhoeff, an attempt was made to determine the effectiveness of the preparation of the eye for operation at the Massachusetts Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary. In forty cases, cultures were taken before and after preparation. The work was done merely to find out in what measure the preparations, as carried out as a routine at this hospital, were effective. As the results may be of more than local interest, they are reported here.
The routine preparation of the eye at this hospital consists of the instillation of 4 per cent. protargin strong as soon as the patient is brought to the operating room. Then a wide region surrounding the eye is painted with 2 per cent. iodin, including the eye brow and lids (the eyelashes have previously been cut) up to the lid margins. The conjunctival sac is then irrigated with saturated solution
REESE B. OBSERVATIONS ON PROTARGIN STRONG AS A PREOPERATIVE PROPHYLACTIC. JAMA. 1924;82(20):1593–1595. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650460017007