Preventing Corneal Burns during Phacoemulsification
MedSun: Newsletter #47, April 2010

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

None of the reports of thermal injury received by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority suggested a failure of either the phacoemulsification unit or the probe used for the procedure. There is also no information indicating that corneal burns are more frequently associated with a particular phacoemulsification model. Any phacoemulsification system can cause thermal lesions. Surgical staff should be alert to any condition that could reduce delivery of saline, which cools the probe used to extract the lens. This article identifies several conditions known to reduce saline delivery and provides risk reduction strategies for avoiding these conditions.

Additional Information:

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Preventing Corneal Burns during Phacoemulsification. March 7, 2010.

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