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Article
July 1992

Casual Surgical Techniques in January 1992 Photograph

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(7):771. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880070101020
Abstract

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.

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