bovie pad (grounding pad) site

  1. Where do you place bovie pad for a ent surgery? Is it always thigh or are there any other sites where it can be placed?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Elfriede
    Closely place is not too important. A good skin contact and - most of all - a dry place is the key.
  4. by   Rose_Queen
    Pretty much anywhere the guidelines state- well perfused, not a bony prominence, etc. We frequently use the back of the shoulder.

    Have you been directing your questions to your preceptor? You're asking quite a few here. Your preceptor should have knowledge of the specifics of your facility's policies and procedures.
  5. by   jeroboam
    It goes on a well-developed MUSCLE mass, as close to the site of surgery as possible. NOT an area of fat. Fat is an insulator; muscle is a conductor of electricity. If you place it on a fat mass, the power settings will need to be higher.
  6. by   RN_JuJu
    Curious: If a patient has bilateral total metal hip replacements and a pacemaker, what would be the best site for a grounding pad placement to avoid accidental burns and complications?

    Fairly new to the OR world myself and this is something that has popped into my head numerous times lol.
  7. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from RN_JuJu
    Curious: If a patient has bilateral total metal hip replacements and a pacemaker, what would be the best site for a grounding pad placement to avoid accidental burns and complications?

    Fairly new to the OR world myself and this is something that has popped into my head numerous times lol.
    Depends on where the surgery is. Working in cardiac surgery where there is very little of the body not prepped (basically, head, arms, and back), I have always used upper back and flank.

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