This year’s Benson and Pamela Harer Seminar on History will focus on electrosurgery and how lessons learned from the past have led to safer alternatives today.
Gregory J. Raff, MD, chief of gynecology at the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis, IN, will give attendees of “Electrosurgery Then and Now” a basic understanding of the fundamentals of electrosurgery that can be applied to everyday patient care. The lecture will take place from 2:25 – 3:15 today in Hall D.
Dr. Raff has led surgical skill sessions at past Annual Meetings, including “Fundamentals of Electrosurgery for the Gynecologic Surgeon” for the past two years. Today, he will focus on best practices that can be implemented to minimize the “invisible dangers” that patients face when electrosurgery is used.
“Electrosurgery is the most commonly used and misunderstood technology” Dr. Raff said. He noted that he often observes practitioners utilizing instruments or settings without a true understanding of how they work or realizing that safer options may exist. The seminar will clarify some of the myths about electrosurgery and explain why using the wrong terminology may make it difficult for surgeons to correctly understand how the technology works.
Dr. Raff said that technical talks such as this year’s Harer Seminar can be difficult for surgeons to apply to everyday patient care, but he plans to focus on basic, clinically relevant concepts for practitioners. He will also do a live demonstration of some of the hidden dangers of electrosurgery.
“Seeing principles in action can make a lasting impression, and my hope is that each person who attends the presentation will take away one thing to improve the care they provide to their patients by minimizing the dangers of electrosurgery,” he said.