To the Editor.—In the January 1992 issue of the Archives1 an excellent commentary by Richard Pollard about the precautions that are necessary to prevent infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B virus among health care workers follows an article by Mahieu and Dikkers1 that contains an illustration showing a very casual surgical technique.
For many years it has been customary for those using microscopes for laryngological procedures to be casual about sterile technique. I think it is worthwhile to point out the risk of transferring infectious material not only from patient to health care workers but from one patient to a subsequent one when sterile precautions are not used.
HILDING DA. Casual Surgical Techniques in January 1992 Photograph. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(7):771. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880070101020
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