grounding pad

grounding pad

an inactive electrode, part of a monopolar electrocautery, that is attached to the patient and returns the current distributed from the active electrode to the generator through an attached cable to complete the electrical circuit.
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Lewis explains, the energy enters the patient through the tip of the device and in order to exit, it must go through the patient to a grounding pad.
The alternating current passed back and forth through the patient between the grounding pad and the Bovie knife.
One recent modeling project involved the development of a revolutionary electrosurgical grounding pad.
Prior to the advent of these probes, the unipolar configuration, consisting of a small treatment electrode and a large grounding pad attached to the patient's leg, was the type conventionally used in arthroscopy.
The grounding pad collects the current and completes the circuit.
When treating CTS, the MicroStim 100 TENS device's blinking red light circular lead electrode is attached through a sticky patch to the center of the wrist crease, and the grounding pad to the opposite side of the wrist.
3M Brings Grounding Pad Technology Out of Hibernation
Because electromagnetic field solvers are now commercially available, a MMIC grounding pad with via holes can be analyzed and an optimum topology for broad-band performance free of spurious signals can be found.
The device, which is indicated forcutting and coagulation of tissue in open and laparoscopic surgery, provides surgeons with an electrically neutral surgical option that does not require a grounding pad, and eliminates the risk of alternate site burns.
Furthermore, no grounding pad is required as with other electrosurgical products, minimizing the risk to the patient and surgeon.