argon beam coagulator

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a surgical device that utilizes electrical current or light to stop bleeding.
argon beam coagulator (ABC) a device consisting of an electrode recessed inside a probe through which argon gas is passed; the energy from the electrode is carried by the jet of argon, which is directed at bleeding tissue to effect hemostasis.

argon beam coagulator

, argon plasma coagulator
A surgical instrument that uses radiofrequency current in an adjustable jet of argon gas to distribute heat that cuts or coagulates tissue. The jet disperses blood and debris from the targeted tissue. It is often employed during endoscopic procedures.


The patient must be grounded when using this electrosurgical device.
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McGreevey [1988] invented the first Argon Beam Coagulator (ABC) and subsequently Mackay [2000] produced the ExplorAr Argon Plasma Cutting Electrode (APCE).
The role of growth factors in human breast milk for the facilitation of mucous membrane growth to accelerate the rate of healing in infants warrants further investigation especially with the use of ExplorAr Argon Plasma Cutting Electrodes with the Argon Beam Coagulator.