Question about jewelry and ESU


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do you have a copy of the waiver you could email to me? we are having this issue at our surgery center, and i want to protect the patients.

please pm me your email and i will send you my email address. (edited by dianah)


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According to ValleyLab, they still recommend that ALL jewelry be removed.


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Specializes in OR, ER, Med-Surg, ICU, CCU, Home Health. Has 40 years experience.

Our Ethicon reps just presented an inservice to us on the use of "electosurgery" equipment. I learned a lot of things i didn't know and that I had some misconceptions based on my earlier training. The new cautery equipment out there use radiofrequency now, not true electric current. The old machines needed the pad to "ground" the patient. The pads today complete the cycle back to the machines, so it isn't grounding. They said with the new technology, the only time you need to be concerned about burns from jewelry is if the jewelry comes in contact with the metal on the OR table. Otherwise, no need to worry. Taping rings is to keep rings from falling off during surgery or to make sure settings don't fall out and get lost. Ask your cautery rep to give an inservice. :twocents:


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Specializes in Operating Room Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

If a patient is having a thyroidectomy and they have a naval ring then it doesn't make sense to remove it. If they are having a laparotomy then yes I will because of the slight risk of a burn and also infection control. If the patient has a hip replacement then I place the diathermy plate on the opposite limb, if it's bilateral then we roll the patient and place it on their flank.

I have never seen a diathermy burn, but I have heard of one about ten years ago where a nurse placed the pad directly over bone. It wasn't a split pad either.


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Specializes in OR Hearts 10. Has 13 years experience.

I'm with a couple of the others, I'm not worried about the burns, it's the swelling....

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