CC-BY 4.0 · Surg J 2017; 03(04): e148-e153
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1606547
Review Article
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Complications, Implications, and Prevention of Electrosurgical Injuries: Corner Stone of Diathermy Use for Junior Surgical Trainees

Manjunath Siddaiah-Subramanya
Department of Surgery, Logan Hospital, Meadowbrook, Queensland, Australia
Kor Woi Tiang
Department of Surgery, Logan Hospital, Meadowbrook, Queensland, Australia
Masimba Nyandowe
Department of Surgery, Townsville Hospital, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Publication History

22 May 2017

27 July 2017

Publication Date:
14 September 2017 (online)


Diathermy is commonly used in modern-day surgery. The incidence of electrosurgical injuries related to diathermy is under reported, as it is difficult to ascertain the true impact on both patient and healthcare professionals. As junior surgical trainees, understanding of the mechanism and biophysics of the electrosurgical tools enables safer usage and contributes to improved outcome. Careful use of electrosurgical tools during operation and appropriate communication amongst staff members are pivotal to a safe surgical outcome. Here, we discuss the causes and risk factors regarding electrosurgical complications along with suggestions to ensure safe practice, focusing on commonly neglected areas.