Mortician Retrieval of Donor Globes: The Minnesota Experience

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Between January 1, 1976, and November 1, 1981. 183 morticians were certified as eye enucleators by the Minnesota Lion's Eye Bank. Seventy-seven have enucleated a total of 434 eyes. One hundred twenty-six of these eyes were used for transplantation. The contamination rate of mortician-enucleated eyes on arrival to the Eye Bank was approximately twice that of eyes enucleated by medical personnel. However, after antibiotic treatment by the Eye Bank technician, the residual contamination rate was similar, and there was no difference in the eventual microbiological outcome or fate of these eyes during storage or transplantation.

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