BOULDER, Colo. -- Encision Inc., the developer of an innovative surgical technology, called active electrode monitoring, that is emerging as a standard of care in minimally-invasive surgery, announced today that the Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C. has converted to AEM technology to eliminate the patient safety risk of "stray energy burns" in laparoscopic procedures.
Stray electrosurgical burns are unintended internal burns that can occur during laparoscopy, a popular type of minimally invasive surgery. Complications such as bowel injury and serious infection can develop as a result of stray burns. AEM laparoscopic instruments from Encision have built-in "active electrode monitoring" technology that works during the procedure to prevent stray burns. Encision is the only company that provides fail-safe AEM technology.
"Lexington Medical Center has shown itself to be a regional leader in technology for patient safety and as a surgeon, I truly appreciate the hospital's investment in my patient's well-being," said Dr. Charles Harmon, general surgeon for Lexington Medical Center. "The conversion to AEM technology demonstrates our commitment to advancing patient safety and providing high-quality medical care to our community."
"We want to make sure our patients have 100 percent confidence in our facility's standard of care," said Maureen Spangler, director of perioperative services at Lexington Medical Center. "By implementing AEM we're protecting our patients and being proactive about patient safety."
"We are happy to partner with Lexington Medical Center to advance patient safety and reduce unintentional injury by implementing AEM laparoscopic instruments," said Jack Serino, president and CEO of Encision. "By providing this superior technology in the OR, Lexington Medical Center is showing the highest level of care to its patients."
All groups surrounding laparoscopy, including surgeons, nurses, biomedical engineers, risk managers, and insurers, support the use of active electrode monitoring. The Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) recently recognized active electrode monitoring as a "Recommended Practice for Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery."
Source: Encision Inc.