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A Simple Method for Preventing Misplaced Electrocauterization

Nichter Larry S. M.D.; Goldstein, Lawrence J. M.D.; Bush, Anna May O.R.T.; Reinisch, John F. M.D.; Sloan, Gerald M. M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: August 1987
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A small segment of universally available and inexpensive rubber catheter can be easily fitted to insulate electrocautery tips. This technique can prevent numerous thermal injuries and potential litigation arising from accidently burning adjacent tissues. The routine use of this modification in the operating room can save time, anxiety, and potential litigation by preventing misplaced cauterization.

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