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Archive September 2017 XVIII, No. 9

Can You Pass Our Electrosurgery Quiz

Find out how much your surgeons and staff know about the science of surgical energy.

Kendal Gapinski

Kendal Gapinski, Contributing Editor


energy-based device ENERGY-BASED DEVICES Many surgeons and staffers don't fully understand surgical energy science.

From direct heat burns and surgical fires to internal injuries and noxious fumes, a lot can go wrong during electrosurgery — especially if you don't fully understand the power you're holding. "There are certain scenarios that everyone should be aware of to help reduce the risk of an adverse event," says Thomas Robinson, MD, MS, FACS, professor of surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo., and co-chair of SAGES' FUSE (Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy) program. Test your OR team's knowledge of electrosurgical risks with this 7-question quiz.

1. What is the most common complication when using a radiofrequency surgical instrument?

a. direct application
b. capacitive coupling
c. fire
d. surgical smoke

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2. True or false: The safest electrosurgical modality is bipolar radiofrequency.

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3. True or false: The difference between monopolar and bipolar electrosurgical instruments is that bipolar devices use a grounding pad while monopolar technologies do not.

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