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Have you read Dean's story in the Quality of Care Report?

November 6, 2013

“I pulled the clip out of my eye and ran to the bathroom mirror to have a look. I couldn’t see anything out of that eye and it was all black and red.”

When Dean Crooks removed his safety glasses while fixing his lawnmower, he nearly lost the sight in one eye. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he was seen by Dr Elsie Chan, a consultant ophthalmologist at the hospital.

“Dean had a very nasty injury because the metal had penetrated his cornea,” said Dr Chan. “I said at the time that his vision could be badly affected, and we wouldn’t know until we had repaired it.”

Dean was quickly taken into the operating theatre where he underwent surgery to have his cornea stitched up. The operation was a huge success and the vision in Dean’s injured eye is almost as good as his other eye, without needing any glasses or contact lenses.

This year, the story of Dean Crooks helped us to highlight the level of care we provide at the hospital by sharing his story. Each year we publish a Quality of Care Report highlighting some of our clinical care, quality, safety and risk management processes.

Dean is one of around 80 patients with penetrating or rupturing eye injuries seen in the Eye and Ear’s Emergency Department each year. Previously, most of these patients were injured while at work, but a recent study conducted by the Emergency Department Research Group has revealed that a larger percentage happen at home.

Dean’s story emphasizes the need for immediate care in the case of penetrating eye injuries. The procedures in place and the calibre of staff at the Eye and Ear ensure the best possible outcome for patients presenting with such emergencies.

For the full Quality of Care Report click here.