Pediatric Cataract In-service Keeps Complex Surgical Skills Fresh

News // Patient Care // May 05 2018

Pediatric cataract surgery is one of the most complex surgeries that pediatric ophthalmologists perform. Yasmin Bradfield, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist and Dr. John Doolittle Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UW-Madison, along with her pediatric colleagues Michael Struck, MD, and Melanie Schmitt, MD, perform pediatric cataract surgeries at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.

On April 26, 2018, Dr. Bradfield, along with Shelley Wilker, ophthalmology surgical technician, and Steve Johnson, Alcon representative, led an in-service training day for surgical nurses and technicians to refresh their surgical skills for this delicate procedure. The group focused on the Constellation machine used for Lensectomy and Vitrectomy in pediatric cataract surgery and intraocular lenses (IOL) loading techniques.

After walking through these surgical tools, an observed examination was conducted for each technician. Trainings like these ensure that the pediatric ophthalmologists receive high quality surgical technical assistance, thus providing the best possible outcomes for children undergoing cataract surgery.