monitoring is the only technology
on the market that continuously shields and monitors the
instrument during surgery to prevent stray
energy burns that can cause unintended injury to patients.
AEM technology consists of two primary components: AEM laparoscopic
instruments and the AEM monitor. Whereas conventional instruments
are simply a conductive element with a layer of insulation
coating, every AEM instrument has a multilayered insulation
design with a built-in “shield,” a
concept much like a third-wire ground in standard electrical
cords. The components of the AEM technology
are as follows:
- The active electrode element is the
central core of the instrument.
- The primary insulation layer withstands
the high voltages needed to perform cutting and hemostasis.
- The protective shield is a tube that
surrounds the primary insulation layer. The shield conducts
stray current from the active electrode back to the generator
and away from the patient during surgery.
- The outer insulation, similar to that
used on a conventional instrument, ensures energy containment
within the shield component, even under primary insulation
The monitor is
attached to the generator and to the laparoscopic instrument.
The AEM monitor is compatible with commonly used Electrosurgical
Units (ESU) power sources. During electrode activation, the
monitor continuously checks for primary insulation failure
and prevents capacitive coupling. If the monitor detects
a dangerous situation, it interrupts the power by shutting
down the generator, alerts the surgeon and staff and protects
the patient from thermal injury.
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