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Protect Patients During Electrosurgery
Educate yourself on how to prevent stray energy burns, lower the risk of surgical fires and the importance of limiting thermal spread.
Thomas Robinson, MD, MS, FACS
Publish Date: November 15, 2021   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
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CAUSE FOR CONCERN Electrosurgery devices are common culprits of surgical fires, a factor that reinforces the importance of reinforcing safe practices in the OR.   |   Pamela Bevelhymer
Electrosurgical devices are used in virtually every operating room across the country, so it’s worrisome that surgeons and surgical teams don’t receive formal training on how the technology works — especially when even a minor mishap can result in significant patient burns and life-threatening fires. The responsibility lies with everyone in the OR to make sure electrosurgery instruments are used correctly and cared for properly. Surgical teams who understand the patterns of complications that occur with these instruments will be able to break the cycle of avoidable patient harm.
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