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Ophthalmic Safety Alert – Diabetic control and safe cataract surgery

The College has received queries from members to clarify whether there is a specific cut off for glycaemic control, either measured via HbA1C or a blood glucose level on the day, beyond which it is unsafe to proceed with cataract surgery. There is anecdotal evidence of cataract surgery cases being cancelled for surgery if their

Ophthalmic Safety Alert – intracameral cefuroxime

There are a range of cefuroxime preparations currently in use for the prevention of endophthalmitis in intraocular surgery. There are two licensed versions, Aprokam (Thea Pharmaceuticals) and  Ximaract (from Bausch & Lomb), both available as a  50mg powder and diluent solution for injection.  Also used are unlicensed prefilled syringes, of which some are compliant with

Ophthalmic Safety Alert – detachment of cannulas during ophthalmic surgery

The NHS Improvement national patient safety team have informed the College of the continued trend of incidents involving issues with detachment of cannulas during ophthalmic surgery (cannula-associated ocular injury, COI). The cannula is usually attached to either a saline or a viscoelastic syringe. The combination of a small lumen and plunger pressure can result in

Medicines Safety

A key part of patient safety is medicines safety and, although ophthalmology is a surgical specialty, many drugs are used to treat people, to examine them and in theatre. Safely managing medicines is crucial to delivering high quality ophthalmic care. The College now advises members on drug supply issues and managing these. Prescribing-Unlicensed-Medicines-A-brief-guide Generic Latanoprost

New safety standards published for invasive procedures

NHS England publishes New safety standards published for invasive procedures 7 September 2015 The National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) were published in September 2015 to support NHS organisations in providing safer care and to reduce the number of patient safety incidents related to invasive procedures in which surgical Never Events can occur. The