A protocol for the prevention of infection in cochlear implant surgery
AuthorClark, Graeme M.; Pyman, Brian C.; Pavillard, Robin E.
Source TitleJournal of Laryngology and Otology
PublisherCambridge University Press
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsClark, G. M., Pyman, B. C., & Pavillard, R. E. (1980). A protocol for the prevention of infection in cochlear implant surgery. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, December, 94(12), 1377-1386.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher’s version of an article published in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology © 1980 Cambridge University Press. www.cambridge.org/
The reduction of infection to an absolute minimum is a very desirable goal in any form of surgery. It is especially important with a cochlear implant operation as infection in the labyrinth can lead to degeneration of the auditory nerve fibres it is hoped to stimulate electrically (Clark et al, 1975). Furthermore, as the implantation of foreign materials increases the risk of infection, as the operation can last 6-7 hours (Altemeier et al., 1976), and as the operators are in very close proximity to the implant site, more stringent measures for the prevention of infection need to be adopted than with other forms of otological surgery. For these reasons a protocol has been developed for preventing infection in our cochlear implant surgery. This is an overall approach to the prevention of infection and involves pre-operative measures, an operating theatre routine, the use of horizontal laminar flow filter units, correct surgical technique and the use of systemic and local antibiotics.
Keywordscochlear implant; pre-operative measures; preventive measures; pathogens; infectious agents
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