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COVID-19 Crisis - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2020

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5 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 A t the heart of electro- surgery safety is a firm understanding of how the technology works and the core principles driv- ing its use. A base knowl- edge of the physics behind the mechanics will lead to fewer injuries caused by electrocautery mishaps, says David Renton, MD, MPH, an associate professor of general surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. "The more you know about electrosurgery technology, the safer you are," adds Dr. Renton, "As I tell my surgical residents, 'You have to know how it all works — the settings, electricity distribution, voltage, arcing. Everything.'" Unfortunately, there's a knowledge gap when it comes to arming new surgeons with a solid understanding of how electrosurgery works. Electrosurgery Safety Essentials A back-to-basics approach is more critical than ever for your surgeons, staff and patients. • A STEP AHEAD Regardless of technological advances, a firm understanding of the core principles behind electrosurgery will ensure your surgeons perform safer surgery. Jared Bilski | Managing Editor

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