Increased Burn Risk with Single-Foil Electrosurgical Return Electrodes

January 29, 2024 | Evaluations & Guidance


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Adult patients are placed at an unnecessary risk of burns during electrosurgery when single-foil conductive return electrodes are used instead of safer alternatives, such as dual-foil conductive return electrodes, capacitive return electrodes, or even other treatment modalities. The issue is that single-foil conductive return electrodes do not engage an electrosurgical unit's (ESU) return electrode contact-quality monitor (RECQM)—a safety feature designed to detect when contact between a return electrode and the patient is compromised. When electrosurgery-related burns occur, insufficient contact of the...

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