What is an electrocautery plate?

An electrocautery plate is a very important medical device when working with electrosurgery. This plate behaves as a neutral element that collects energy and returns it to the electrosurgical unit to close the circuit, this in order to avoid injury to the patient’s skin. That is, this equipment is a pad that allows you to make dirt on the body to avoid burns after dissipating electricity uniformly.

Electrosurgery is currently the most commonly used surgical procedure in operating rooms. Since electrosurgery equipment is common in all operating theaters around the world, it is very versatile and applicable to all surgical specialties, both in hospitals and in medical clinics.

How does an electrocautery plate work? Precautions in use

As for the functioning of the cautery plate we find, we find that the surface of the plate is greater than that of the active electrode, since one of its main functions is to cool, the energy that is supplied passes through the body, and is collected by electrode, which, having a greater contact surface, decreases the temperature, because if it would not burn the patient.

It is important to note that if you are working with a patient who has implants, the plate should be located in an area that does not have implant and that is close to the area to be treated, and in the case that the patient has jewelry accessories it is recommended to remove all the jewelry found in the current path, as well as to avoid contact of the neutral electrode with any conductive material of electricity, such as if the jewelry touches the armrest. It is also important for the patient to remove all types of jewelry and piercings from the body.

Types of electrocautery plates

  • Single-lobe plates: Whether they are disposable or reusable, they are not highly recommended, because if this plate is not placed well in the patient, it takes off and the unit does not detect it, which represents a great risk for the patient. If this plate is not placed properly or peels off, it can cause significant burns in the patient.
  • Two-lobed plates: when this type of plate is used, if the plate is not properly placed in the patient, a malfunction takes off or occurs, the electrosurgical unit detects it and locks it by stopping the operation until the error is resolved, in order to avoid burns in the patient.

How should an electrocautery plate be placed?

  • It should be as close as possible, but 15 cm from the area to be treated.
  • It should not be used on the head, bones or joints.
  • Do not place on the skin when there is injury or bleeding.
  • Do not place in areas where fluids build up (under the patient).
  • Cordless pressure points or cable connection should be avoided.
  • It is also necessary to avoid that in its path the current.

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  • The electrosurgical generator has four cutting outputs and two clotting outputs.
  • Provides automatic recognition of the return electrode.
  • The electrosurgical generator provides digital diagnostic error codes.
  • It has an isolated exit, all floating.
  • The optional surgical smoke evacuation system is available to remove smoke or unpleasant odors.
  • Applications for cervical gynecological surgery, plastic surgery and ORL surgery.

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