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1 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 T o protect against corneal abrasions and dry eyes during gener- al anesthesia cases, most anesthesia providers tape their patients' eyes closed. However, the timing of the taping often varies from provider to provider. When possi- ble, you should tape the eyes prior to direct laryngoscopy or LMA insertion. This way, when anesthesia providers lean over patients to secure the airway, a pen, dangling ID badge or wandering finger won't cause an inadvertent abrasion. Jeffrey Cazier, MD The Surgery Center of Huntsville (Ala.) drjcazier@tsch.biz Tape the Eyes Before You Secure the Airway Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That • TAPE JOB Patients are more likely to suffer a corneal abrasion if you tape their eyes after you've secured the airway. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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