Eye surgery: ice pack, Velcro strap lead to total blindness.

Position:Baylor Univ. Med. Center v. Rosa - Brief article

The patient had just had orbital decompression surgery. The post-surgical orders included an ice pack to control postoperative swelling.

A nurse filled a surgical glove with ice and secured the ice pack in place over the operative eye with a Velcro strap.

When the surgeon later removed the strap and the ice pack and checked the patient's vision he found total blindness in the eye. The patient's medical experts related the damage to the eye to excessive pressure from the Velcro strap on the ice...

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