Archive Abdominal Surgery 2011

5 Steps to Safer Electrosurgery

Expert advice on protecting patients from the stray currents that can cause surgical burns.

Charlene DiNobile

Charlene DiNobile, RN, Med, CNOR, CNAA, CST


Just because electrosurgery is routine doesn't mean its safety should be taken for granted. Complacency with the setup and handling of cutting and coagulating devices will get patients burned, or worse, killed. When the start of an OR fire is only a spark away, follow these 5 steps to keep your patients safe.

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