Clinical education is critical for healthcare professionals. By understanding and practicing key techniques and technologies, healthcare professionals are able to enhance patient care, reduce hazards and risks, and deliver better clinical effects. That is why CONMED is proud to offer a wide range of training programs designed to increase healthcare professionals’ knowledge of electrosurgical tools and issues encountered in the operating room. To learn more about the courses below, please contact your local Territory Manager or call Customer Service at 1-800-448-6506.
CONMED cordially invites you to attend the Technical Training seminar in beautiful Largo, FL. This training is designed for customers who are responsible for installation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting CONMED's electrosurgical generators. Technical Training is a 3-day event offering instruction in a classroom environment, as well as at hands-on learning stations, on the technology, service, and repair of electrosurgical and argon beam coagulation units.
To learn more about Technical Training, please contact your local Sales Representative.
||The Pathway to Electrosurgical Patient Safety
1 Contact Hours
The purpose of this seminar is to provide perioperative nurses and other surgical team members information on patient safety during electrosurgical procedures. Fundamental principles of electricity and electrosurgery are addressed and guide the discussion towards the significance of creating a safe surgical environment and how to prevent potential hazards. Learning objectives include:
- Describe the basics of electricity
- Define scientific terminology that governs the use of electricity in surgery
- Discuss principles of electrosurgery
- Compare and contrast active electrodes, dispersive pads, and electrosurgical generators
- Describe imperative safety measures when providing patient care during electrosurgical procedures
- Identify key factors to be considered when using electrosurgical medical devices
To learn more about The Pathway to Electrosurgical Patient Safety, please contact your local Territory Manager or call Customer Service at 1-800-448-6506.
||Surgical Smoke: Avoiding the Risks
1 Contact Hour
The purpose of this seminar is to acquaint perioperative nurses and other members of the surgical team with the risks associated with surgical smoke plume. Research has demonstrated that, annually, some 500,000 surgical team members are exposed to airborne contamination from surgical smoke. Frequently, patients are exposed to these same potential contaminants. Learning objectives include:
- Describe the content of surgical smoke plume
- Identify the hazardous components of plume
- Compare surgical smoke to cigarette smoke
- Discuss potential diseases that can occur from plume transmission
- Describe symptoms of plume exposure
- Differentiate the various safety techniques for reducing exposure to plume
- Compare and contrast the various surgical smoke evacuation systems
- Describe the importance of suction tubing size to evacuation rates
- Discuss recommended practices related to surgical smoke plume
To learn more about Surgical Smoke: Avoiding the Risks, please contact your local Territory Manager or call Customer Service at 1-800-448-6506.
||Argon Beam Coagulation: Patient Benefits and Safety
1 Contact Hour
The purpose of this seminar is to provide nurses and other healthcare team members information regarding patient care issues during the application of argon beam coagulation. In order to properly apply this technology, a basic knowledge of electricity and its application to patient care procedures is necessary. Combining argon gas and electrosurgical energy to accomplish desired tissue responses require an awareness of specific patient safety considerations. The patient benefits and procedural advantages are presented and the standard safety practices are reviewed. Learning objectives include:
- Explain scientific principles of argon beam coagulation
- Identify the properties of argon gas
- Describe the tissue effects related to argon beam coagulation
- Differentiate the benefits of argon beam coagulation to conventional electrosurgery
- Discuss patient care safety principles
To learn more about Argon Beam Coagulation: Patient Benefits and Safety, please contact your local Territory Manager or call Customer Service at 1-800-448-6506.
||Operating Room Fire Safety
1 Contact Hour
The risks of surgical fires may never be completely eliminated, but they can be minimized by educating personnel, carefully investigating each incident, and reporting fires when they occur. This educational activity describes the elements of the fire triangleignition sources, fuels, and oxidizersthat are always present in the operating room. Actions that members of the surgical team can take to control ignition sources, minimize the presence of fuels, and limit oxygen concentrations are discussed. Steps personnel must take if a fire occurs are outlined. Sources of addition information are discussed and included in the handout material. Learning objectives include:
- List the elements of the fire triangle that are always present in the operating room
- Explain how to minimize the risk of surgical fires by controlling the elements of the fire triangle
- Describe the steps that must be taken in the unlikely event of a surgical fire
To learn more about Operating Room Fire Safety, please contact your local Territory Manager or call Customer Service at 1-800-448-6506.
||Electrosurgical Patient Safety Study Guide
2 Contact Hours
The purpose of this study guide is to provide perioperative nurses and other healthcare professionals with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for the use of electrosurgical equipment. The knowledge acquired should allow you to provide quality patient care. Learning objectives include:
- Explain what electricity is and the application of electrical properties to electrosurgery
- Describe how electrosurgical devices work and how electrosurgical energy affects body tissue
- List preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative safety measures that can be taken by the perioperative nurse to ensure that patients will have no adverse effects related to the application of electrosurgical energy
- Discuss electrosurgical hazards and safety measures that are unique to minimally invasive surgical procedures and to patients with cardiac pacemakers
- State how electrosurgical safety considerations relate to the six steps in the nursing process
To learn more about CONMED’s Electrosurgical Patient Safety Study Guide, please contact your local Territory Manager or call Customer Service at 1-800-448-6506.
||Avoiding the Hazards of Surgical Smoke Study Guide
2 Contact Hours
The purpose of this study guide is to acquaint perioperative personnel with the hazards inherent to exposure to surgical smoke and aerosol and measures that can be taken to minimize this hazard. The generation of surgical smoke by lasers, electrosurgery, and powered surgical instruments is discussed. Regulations and agency recommendations that relate to the use of smoke evacuation systems are listed. Factors to be taken into consideration when choosing the smoke evacuation system are explored. Learning objectives include:
- Identify the components of surgical smoke and aerosol and their potential adverse effects
- Describe the safety precautions that protect staff and patients from exposure to surgical smoke and aerosol
- Differentiate among the types of smoke evacuation systems on the market
- Discuss regulations and recommended practices related to surgical smoke and aerosol
- List factors to be taken into account when purchasing a smoke evacuation system
To learn more about CONMED's Avoiding the Hazards of Surgical Smoke Study Guide, please contact your local Territory Manager or call Customer Service at 1-800-448-6506.