Journal article

Microdroplet and spatter contamination during phacoemulsification cataract surgery in the era ofCOVID-19

Charles NJ McGhee, Simon Dean, Simone EN Freundlich, Akilesh Gokul, Mohammed Ziaei, Dipika Patel, Rachael L Niederer, Helen Danesh-Meyer



IMPORTANCE: Determine phacoemulsification cataract surgery risk in a Covid-19 era. BACKGROUND: SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) transmission via microdroplet and aerosol-generating procedures presents risk to medical professionals. As the most common elective surgical procedure performed globally; determining contamination risk from phacoemulsification cataract surgery may guide personal protection equipment use. DESIGN: Pilot study involving phacoemulsification cataract surgery on enucleated porcine eyes by experienced ophthalmologists in an ophthalmic operating theatre. PARTICIPANTS: Two ophthalmic surgical teams. METHODS: Standardized phacoemulsification of porcine eyes by two ophthalmologists accom..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge support given to this pilot study by Dr Sarah Welch, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director of the Ophthalmology Department at Auckland District Health Board; and the ophthalmology surgical team at Greenlane Clinical Centre, Auckland District Health Board. Consumables including surgical personal protective equipment, and use of a functioning ophthalmic theatre was provided by the Department of Ophthalmology at Auckland District Health, Auckland, New Zealand.