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What's the Harm? - December 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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E lectrosurgery is one of the most complicated disciplines that surgeons perform. There's a steep learning curve and there are numerous variables. Though one of its pri- mary functions is to cut tissue, it's not, as many seem to think, "just like using a scalpel." The other primary func- tion is controlling bleeding, which involves adjusting the flow of cur- rent so that it's intermittent, while simultaneously increasing voltage. The goal is to be able to create the perfect waveform. That continu- 1 1 8 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 New Currents in Electrosurgery Arnold P. Advincula, MD, FACOG, FACS New York, N.Y. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN z SWEET SPOT Finding the right blend of current flow and voltage is one key to electrosurgical safety. Recent innovations are improving safety and con- venience.

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