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Heavy Duty - October 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 3 I t's been about 10 years since I converted to reposables, and now vir- tually every laparoscopic tool I use — scissors, bowel clamps, specialty graspers — has a reusable handpiece and a dispos- able tip. While you may like the economics of reposables, take it from me that your surgeons will like the efficiency and ergonomic benefits of these take-apart instruments even more. My introduction to reposable instruments was a eureka moment. As a colorectal surgeon, I'd found that manipulating the plastic handles on disposable devices was uncomfortable to the point that it was causing pain and numbness in my hands, especially during long and complicated cases. It was getting so bad, I began to wonder whether Hitting the Sweet Spot With Reposable Instruments Reusable-disposable tools can improve quality and efficiency while also saving money. • BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Reposable instruments can be sturdy enough to handle delicate tissue, but light enough to easily manage. John H. Marks, MD, FACS, FASCRS Wynnewood, Pa. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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