Inadvertent diathermy self-injury: a cautionary tale

General Surgery
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2011.0019
11
74-76
Inadvertent diathermy self-injury: a cautionary tale

There are numerous reports of inadvertent injury to patients as a result of diathermy. This potential risk also applies to the surgical team. We report a case of a full thickness diathermy burn to the surgeon, occurring due to faulty diathermy forceps. Such incidents should be reported to minimize risk of injury.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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