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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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"Look for savings else- where," says Jeannine Arcuri, BSN, administrator of the Cleveland Eye and Laser Surgery Center in Fairview Park, Ohio. "Don't skimp on giving surgeons the tools they want to meet the clinical needs of patients without jeopardizing the standard of care." The access they need Surgeons can administer the intracameral medications shugarcaine or phenyle- phrine to keep pupils dilated during surgery. Shugarcaine is a lidocaine-epinephrine compound; injecting lido- caine into the eye paralyzes the pupil's sphincter muscle, causing the pupil to open wide. If these agents prove ineffective, surgeons can reach for pupil expan- sion rings or pupil dilators to give them the access they need. There are several options available, ranging in price from $80 to $150. A reusable ring is available for approximately $400, which is an investment that might make good financial sense with the increasing numbers of com- plex cases your surgeons will perform in the coming years. Pupil expansion solutions add what might seem like a significant expense to the cost of a cataract case, but don't discount the clinical O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 0 3 • HANDS IN Surgeons earn more for complex cataract cases, but should be aware of how much facilities spend on the devices they use.

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