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BOULDER, Colo. -- Encision's electrosurgical technology has been cited in the new AORN Recommended Practices for Electrosurgery, published by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) in the February 2004 issue of the AORN Journal.
AORN is the professional organization of 41,000 perioperative personnel
dedicated to achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing surgical
procedures. As a part of their overall effort, AORN publishes AORN
Recommended Practices providing guidance to perioperative personnel on what is
believed to be an optimal level of practice.
In the new Recommended Practices for Electrosurgery, effective Jan. 1,
2004, AORN includes numerous references to the importance of using
electrosurgical devices designed for optimal safety.
Recommended Practice I -- Personnel selecting the electrosurgical
(devices) for purchase or use should make decisions based on safety
features to minimize risks to patients and personnel.
* Equipment selected should include technology to detect stray current
that could result in patient injury and to alert the user of this
* During minimally invasive procedures, injuries have resulted from
insulation failure and capacitive coupling. These injuries are very
serious and have increased in number with the increased use of
* The use of active electrode monitoring has minimized these risks.
Recommended Practice VIII -- Personnel should take special precautions
when using electrosurgical devices during endoscopic procedures.
* Insulation failure of the laparoscopic electrode ... can cause
serious patient injury.
* Capacitively coupled current can cause undetected burns to nearby
tissue ... outside the viewing field. Serious patient injuries
* Use of active electrode shielding and monitoring minimizes the risks
of insulation failure and capacitive-coupling injuries.
Encision's AEM Surgical Instruments are 'shielded and monitored' to
prevent stray electrosurgical burn injuries to unintended tissue, a
well-documented patient safety risk in minimally-invasive surgery. AEM
Instruments incorporate 'active electrode monitoring' technology to
dynamically monitor the integrity of the instruments continuously during the
surgical procedure, thus helping to prevent an inadvertent patient injury.
Electrosurgery instruments are used by an estimated 85% of general
surgeons in the U.S. and are considered the gold-standard tool for surgeons
worldwide for cutting, coagulating and ablating tissue.
Encision Inc. designs and manufactures innovative surgical devices that
allow the surgeon to optimize technique and patient safety during a broad
range of surgical procedures. Based in Boulder, Colo., the company
pioneered the development of patented AEM Surgical Instruments to improve
electrosurgery and reduce the chance for patient injury in minimally invasive
AORN Recommended Practices do not endorse any specific company or product;
however, Encision's AEM Instruments are the only instruments on the market
which incorporate a 'shielded and monitored' design to prevent the risk of
stray electrosurgical burn injury from insulation failure and capacitive
coupling in minimally invasive surgery.
AORN believes that a culture of safety must be created, nurtured and
promoted and that leaders must take an active role in ensuring processes to
maintain and improve patient safety. In 2002, AORN launched a major patient
safety program called Patient Safety First, a program intended to promote
dialogue, strategies and initiatives on patient safety issues. AORN's patient
safety initiative is intended to advance system solutions with safety as the
first priority, so that these solutions can be implemented to prevent errors
and adverse events in the surgical environment.
Source: Encision Inc.