There are many significant reasons to consider adding a veterinary electrosurgical unit to your practice, and this technology can be appropriate for a wide variety of uses, from large animal procedures to small animal surgery. In general, veterinary electrosurgical technology allows you to improve surgical precision while reducing the size of required incisions and minimizing blood loss during surgery and other procedures. It can also make hard-to-reach areas more accessible, improving potential patient outcomes.
Veterinary electrosurgical technology uses alternating electrical current at a high frequency. This current can be adjusted for various purposes, but the unit can be used to cut and coagulate tissue and more. There are some important things to know about this type of technology, though, including the following:
- During procedures, a current will pass through the body of your patient, making it imperative that proper grounding and patient preparation occur to protect both the patient and your staff.
- Because of this current, care must be taken to avoid skin-to-skin contact points that might change the flow of current unexpectedly. Additionally, your staff must be careful to not inadvertently touch the patient while the unit is in use.
- Any disinfecting agents you use should be nonflammable or be given time to evaporate prior to starting any procedure involving electrosurgical technology.
- Procedures will produce dangerous smoke, so you will need a surgical smoke evacuation device in place with a HEPA filter.
If you are interested in learning more or adding a veterinary electrosurgical unit to your practice, contact us at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp. today.