Electrosurgical units (ESUs) deliver concentrated electric currents to the tip of an active electrode, enabling the surgeon to cut and coagulate tissue. ESUs are used for a variety of applications, from removing skin lesions to performing brain surgery. Although they are used without incident a majority of the time, there are practices that should be avoided to ensure safe use in OR environments. We can help you prevent hazards ranging from ESU return electrode burns to surgical fires with our electrosurgical safety recommendations.
ECRI Institute's safety experts, and an additional expert with practical ESU advice, will cover what healthcare organizations need to do to prevent electrosurgical hazards and offer solutions that can help prevent patient harm.