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Key Takeaways: Electrosurgical Safety

Publish Date: April 14, 2021


TAKEAWAY:

Determine a standardized communication strategy for when insulation failure is found during sterile processing.

EXPLANATION:

  • Burns may be caused by insulation failure.
  • (NEW) Inspect active electrodes for insulation failure before, during, and after a procedure. 3.5.
  • (NEW) Use an active electrode insulation integrity tester while preparing active electrodes for packaging during processing. 3.5.1.
  • If an insulation failure is identified during processing, sterile processing personnel should remove the damaged device from service. 3.5.2.
  • (NEW) Create an interdisciplinary team that includes perioperative and sterile processing personnel to determine the standardized communication strategy. 3.6.
  • (NEW) Include the following communication strategies and actions:
    • the communication pathway between sterile processing and surgery personnel,
    • physician notification,
    • device handling, and
    • documentation according to facility policy and procedure. 3.6.1.