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New Electrosurgery Device Cleared for NHS Use

Posted 23 August 2012 | By Alexander Gaffney, RAC 

The UK's National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the country's health technology assessment agency, has cleared a new high tech monopolar electrosurgery device (Mega Soft Patient Return Electrode) for use by the National Health Service (NHS).

The final guidance, issued on 22 August, advises that use of the device could help reduce the risk of localized burns during monopolar electrosurgery in select patients, such as those who would require shaving for application of disposable electrode pads or those with fragile or damaged skin. The device may also benefit operating theatre staff in terms of increased convenience and reduced set up time.

In monopolar electrosurgery, the device used by the surgeon has an electric current running through it that cauterizes the incision and so reduces bleeding. A majority of surgical procedures involve some electrosurgery, and the technique is often used for cutting fine vessels in the body. Because the device carries an electric current, the patient becomes part of an electric circuit, so the current needs to then flow from the patient and back to the monopolar electrosurgery generator to complete the electrical circuit.


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