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Nosocomial adenovirus keratoconjunctivitis
Adenovirus keratoconjunctivitis (AKC) is the commonest nosocomial eye infection. Despite implementation of infection-control measures including handwashing, local area surface cleaning, single-use eye-drops and avoidance of tonometry, several cases of nosocomial infection AKC (48.4% (75/155)) were identified at Moorfields Eye Hospital by Dart et al. Following implementation of a new infection control policy which included segregating suspected AKC cases in a separate waiting area and examination room (the Red Room), and by expediting their examination, to reduce their exposure to staff and patients in the common waiting areas, the numbers of nosocomial cases dropped to 3.4% (8/235). In addition inclusion of AKC as an infection control index infection, demanding ongoing quarterly audit, has ensured that the policy is implemented and remains effective.
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Optomap for retinal screening within casualty setting
Khandhadia et al compared nurse-guided Optomap retinal imaging with examination by an eye casualty officer, in detecting clinically significant peripheral retinal lesions in 219 patients with retinal symptoms (flashing lights and floaters). The findings from the …