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New Instrument
Surgeon's Corner
October 1999

New Support for Ophthalmic Drapes

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Anesthesia and General Intensive Care Medicine, Division of Anesthesia, The Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria. The author has no financial interest in the new device.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(10):1441-1442. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.10.1441

A new flexible support for ophthalmic drapes with the possibility of continuous oxygen supplementation was designed for use in patients undergoing eye surgery under local anesthesia. This new equipment is easy to handle and prevents contact between the patient's face and the ophthalmic drape. To prevent hypoxia of spontaneously breathing patients, the ambient air under the drapes can be supplemented with oxygen using this new equipment and no other devices. The equipment described here is advantageous for practical use in patients undergoing eye surgery under retrobulbar anesthesia.