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May 1954

STERILE AIR IN INTRAOCULAR SURGERY

Author Affiliations

READING, PA.
From the Department of Ophthalmology, St. Joseph's Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;51(5):701. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920040711015

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Abstract

WE HAVE been concerned about the possibility of intraocular infection when injecting air into the anterior chamber. For this reason we have recently developed a simple method of obtaining sterile air. The device consists of a piece of plastic tubing filled at one end with cotton. The tubing has an inside diameter of 3 mm. and is 7 cm. long. It is filled at one end with cotton for a distance of 2 cm. and is then autoclaved.

A syringe with needle or a Noyes irrigator is placed in the open end of the tube as far as it will go, in order to produce an air lock, and it is then filled with air drawn through the sterile cotton. This maneuver is repeated three times so that the possibility of contaminated residual air is excluded. Blood agar cultures subjected to a stream of air from syringe or Noyes irrigator

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