Electrosurgical Safety Audit: 10 Key Questions
August 18, 2014 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
To help healthcare facilities conduct an effective audit, ECRI examines below the critical safety measures that facilities should take to avoid some of the most common electrosurgery-related adverse incidents. While most of these measures are basic, ECRI has found that too often they are misunderstood, forgotten, or ignored. In addition, some users may be unfamiliar with the special risks associated with laparoscopic monopolar electrosurgery and high-current, long-duration activations (e.g., as used for tissue ablation).
The audit might be conducted by members of a safety committee; by clinical engineering, risk management, or surgical staff; or by some combination of personnel from these groups. Periodic reexamination of the issues covered...