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International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress (ICEHTMC)

21-22 October 2019, Rome, Italy

We are happy to meet you at the International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress in Rome. Join our lecture "The physics of electrosurgery" on 22th october, which will cover typical examples of wave forms and modern hybrid technologies and discuss the most frequent misconceptions.

Abstract: Up to 5000 volts, current peaks of 500 mA, ranging up to 5 amperes in special applications – for many users electrosurgery is a plain mystery. The physical principles are rarely questioned or often misunderstood. Nevertheless electrosurgery (or HF-surgery) is one of the most used surgical technologies in probably almost every operating theater in the world. Still – if it is applied incorrectly, this energy can cause harm to the patient and also to the surgeon. Therefore it is essential to inform and train the users on the functional principles correctly, how to use electrosurgery safely and how to achieve the optimal tissue effect by selecting different wave forms (modes). To understand electrosurgery technically, it is helpful to understand the role of spark formation and the modulation of the wave forms. This lecture will cover typical examples of wave forms, modern hybrid technologies and discuss the most frequent misconceptions.

Jens Bettin is responsible for the Erbe Academy. He has been in the international medical device industry since 2001 in various functions: At ResMed Germany for technical communication and user interface design, and at Gambro for quality communications and e-learning. Since 2010 he is in charge of the global product training and e-learning at Erbe. The Erbe Academy team gives about 200 lectures and courses per year for surgeons, nurses and biomedical engineers on electrosurgery, plasmasurgery, thermofusion, hydrosurgery and cryosurgery. Jens Bettin is the author of various e-learning courses on electrosurgery.