Postoperative infection remains a potentially serious complication in retinal detachment procedures as in all types of surgery. Proper scrubbing, masking, and gowning of personnel, sterilization of instruments and materials, and sterile draping of the area surrounding the operative site have all minimized the chances of contamination when adequate sterile technique is observed. A recognized but frequently overlooked potential source of contamination is the operative field itself.1-4
This study was performed on 20 eyes operated upon for retinal detachment by the scleral buckling method with silicone implant to determine the frequency with which specified sites within and adjacent to the wound have bacteria present. In these cases this determination is of particular interest because the skin of the lids is not covered by drapes as is the skin in surgical procedures performed elsewhere in the body. The scleral buckling procedures for retinal detachment are of longer duration than most other
McMEEL JW, WAPNER JM. Infections and Retina Surgery: I. Bacteriologic Contamination During Scleral Buckling Surgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(1):42–44. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040044010
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