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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2016

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 5 3 E nergy- based devices are used every day in every case by every general surgeon, and yet much of what surgical teams understand about surgical energy is limited to knowing that tissue is cut or coagulated when- ever electrosurgery instruments are activated. That widespread lack of knowl- edge is why your surgeons, nurses and techs must answer these 4 questions before each procedure to protect themselves and their patients from the very real dangers of stray burns, surgical smoke inhalation and OR fires. 1. Is insulation intact? As co-chair of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons' FUSE (Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy) program, I helped quiz the surgeon leaders of SAGES about basic surgical energy science. Only 20% got Stay Current on Electrosurgery Safety Don't let your patients get burned by energy- based technology. Thomas Robinson, MD, MS, FACS Aurora, Colo. • OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD Surgical smoke is inevitable, but smoke evacuation technology should not be optional.

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