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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:30 PM Page 96 O P H T H A L M O L O G Y "Infection is a bad outcome." While the incidence rate of toxic anterior segment syndrome (TASS) is lower than that of endophthalmitis — none of the 3 surgeons had ever witnessed a case — it has still presented an infection threat since its outbreak emergence 7 years ago. The key to prevention, the surgeons agree, is thorough sterilization of reusable instruments and single-use options for everything else. Dr. Yeh speculates that a possible cause of TASS was the reusable phaco tubing that was once in common use. "It had to be flushed and sterilized. I think part of the problem was, it wasn't done well enough. Now nobody uses it, almost everything is single-use," so fewer cases are seen. OSM E-mail dbernard@outpatientsurgery.net. 9 6 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013

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