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EXPEDITED PUBLICATION, INNOVATION IN OPHTHALMOLOGY
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 743-745

Aerosol containment box for laser treatment of retinopathy of prematurity in COVID-19 pandemic


1 Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Parveen Sen
Senior Consultant, Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Nethralaya, 18 College Road, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_3155_20

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Type 1 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) requires emergency intervention and laser is an established modality of treatment. Laser treatment for ROP under topical anesthesia can be considered as an aerosol-generating procedure due to crying that puts health care workers at high risk of COVID-19 transmission. Aerosol containment box (ACB) is known to minimize aerosol transmission and there are reports of ROP laser done through incubator. Combining these two ideas, we describe a new application of ACB with suction for laser treatment of ROP thereby, reducing risk to health care team without compromising timely effective, and safe treatment for ROP.


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