When is prehospital transport indicated in acute conjunctivitis (pink eye) and what infection control measures should be used in an emergency setting?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Prehospital transport is rarely indicated for patients with conjunctivitis. More serious concerns may warrant emergency medical services (EMS) transport. Prehospital personnel, emergency physicians, and other medical personnel must be careful not to transmit this infection and should not overlook more serious comorbidity. Thorough hand washing, glove use, and using eye drops in individual or unit dose containers are necessary.


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