Outbreak of Endophthalmitis After Cataract Surgery: The Importance of the Quality of the Surgical Wound

Hugonnet, Stéphane ; Dosso, André ; Dharan, Sasi ; Martin, Yves ; Herrero, Maria-Luisa ; Régnier, Carole ; Pittet, Didier

In: Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2006, vol. 27, no. 11, p. 1246-1248

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    Postoperative endophthalmitis is a rare but potentially devastating condition. We investigated an outbreak of 8 cases of endophthalmitis in patients who underwent phakectomy performed by a single surgeon from January through September 2004. The outbreak was traced to damaged surgical blades, and it highlights the importance of the quality of the surgical wound