QUALITY & SAFETY
Searching for the foot pedal is time-consuming and distracting. Activating bipolar by hand keeps the surgeon’s focus in the surgical field and uses dexterity of hand versus clumsiness of foot.
Having the OR staff reposition the foot pedal is time-consuming, distracting, and places the clinician on the floor and out of the sterile field, potentially exposed to blood born pathogens. Our survey data suggests that this occurs an average of 2.4x per surgery.(Ref. "A")
Less time searching for the foot pedal or having the nurse reposition means less OR time at $100/minute.
Removing the need for a foot pedal to activate bipolar forceps minimizes the chance of stepping on the C-arm foot pedal or other foot pedals under the OR table.
Monopolar electrocautery carries increased risk in patients with pacemakers, CNS stimulators, and other implants.
Less time searching for the foot pedal to activate electrocautery means less blood loss.
Bipolar forceps can be used dozens of times in a single surgery, and looking for the foot pedal every time contributes clinician fatigue.
Elimination of the bipolar forceps foot pedal removes one more place that harbors potential blood born pathogens.
BiPAD® was conceived by a neurosurgeon to improve the ease of use of bipolar forceps electrocautery. The BiPAD® cord, which connects bipolar forceps to the electrocautery generators and provides for hand-switching, provides the surgeon with a way to minimize distractions and remain focused on the surgical field to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient.*
By eliminating the need for foot activation and moving the activation to a simple customized ergonomically correct finger movement, BiPAD® improves the quality and safety of using bipolar forceps. Some examples follow:
The impact of BiPAD® is significant as electrocautery is arguably the single most-used surgical technique.
BiPAD® is an easily implemented quality initiative that has a significant impact on surgeon efficiency, OR staff safety, and improved patient outcomes.
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