May 01, 2004

Oregon Clinic Has Infectious Outbreak for Years: Blames Surgical Gloves

After years of high-incidence DLK at surgical clinic, gloves found to be instigator Matt Young EyeWorld Staff Writer www.eyeworld.org/printarticle.php?id=439 Outbreaks of diffuse lamellar keratitis plagued Drs. Fine, Hoffman, & Packer LLC, Eugene, Ore., from 2000-2003, with the incidence as high as 37% in one three-month period and 85% on one day. After trying to eliminate the problem by switching sterilizers, changing their pre-operative and intra-operative regimen, and troubleshooting in other ways, surgeons there switched glove brands during refractive surgery and...
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