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A.C. Holtebeck, A. Harrison; Infection Rate in Outpatient Eyelid Surgery . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006;47(13):3581.
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We utilized the database at Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, MN to help determine the infection rate in outpatient eyelid surgery patients.
We retrospectively reviewed the reported infections of all eyelid surgeries performed between 1/1/99 and 12/31/04 at the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, MN utilized by surgeons from private practice and an academic center. Each quarter, every surgeon is sent a list of their patients and surgical procedures. The surgeon is asked to indicate if any patients required treatment for an infection following their procedure.
A total of 2227 patients underwent oculoplastic procedures at the Phillips Eye Institute from 1/1/99 and 12/31/04. There was one (1) reported infection (0.04%).
The infection rate in outpatient eyelid surgery is extremely low.
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