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AORN J. 1998 Jun;67(6):1194-6, 1199-205; quiz 1206-10.

Minimizing patient risk during laparoscopic electrosurgery.

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  • 1Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA, USA.


By the year 2000, many surgical procedures will be performed laparoscopically. When used appropriately, this technique is less disruptive to tissues than open surgery. It results in faster patient recovery time with less pain, fewer wound complications, and less scarring. As this technology is increasing, it is important to develop and implement perioperative safety precautions to reduce the risks associated with laparoscopic electrosurgery. Using the safety precautions outlined in this article may substantially reduce iatrogenic complications that can occur with these surgeries and result in better patient outcomes.

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