Innovative Clinical Safety Upgrade for Patients and Doctors – COVID-19 Precautions

April 8, 2020

The clinics of the Department of Ophthalmology and Francis I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco, have quickly adapted diagnostic equipment to improve distancing during patient visits. Eye examinations require close proximity.

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Dr. Russell

UCSF’s Matthew Russell, MD, and his father-in-law, Mr. Lorne Dubin, hand-fabricated plexiglass safety shields to outfit all slit lamp microscopes for the Department’s clinical locations – better protecting physicians and trainees as well as optimizing patient safety – while providing highest-quality care. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, faculty at UCSF Ophthalmology are working creatively together, working on visionary solutions to improve patient safety and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Vagefi

Dr. Russell, UCSF Otolaryngology (head and neck) specialist, worked hand-in-hand with UCSF Ophthalmology’s M. Reza Vagefi, MD, in implementing these protective measures in the clinics. Dr. Vagefi hails this DIY innovative development for the clinics as a “great act of community service.”

Dr. Russell’s innovative thinking is helping keep our community safe and healthy. On behalf of the entire UCSF Ophthalmology faculty and staff, thank you!

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