Electrocautery or Bovie Burns

Electrocautery is a surgical technique which uses high frequency current to remove unwanted tissue, cauterize a blood vessel or make an incision. Electrocautery was invented by Dr. Bovie and so his name is often used interchangeably with this technique. There are many benefits to electrocautery but, if proper precautions are not followed, serious burns or fires can result. Bovie burns and fires can be caused with:

  • Alcohol-based preps
  • Oxygen tenting around the head and neck
  • Tracheostomy tubes
  • Dry sponges
  • Methylmethacrylate which vaporizes acetylene
  • Activation of an unattended Bovie on drapes
  • An improperly secured Bovie pad

If you or a loved one has emerged from surgery with a burn, it may have been caused by the negligence of one or more members of the surgical team or by negligence of the equipment manufacturer. One of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Offices of John Day can investigate your case and advise you of your rights. The Tennessee Legislature has made significant changes to the State's medical malpractice law, and you need an attorney who not only understands the changes but can navigate them successfully. John Day testified in front of the Tennessee Legislature on the new medical malpractice law, and he is board-certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. And, to ensure that all medical questions and issues are fully addressed, we have a nurse on staff full-time.

Contact us today at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787. Our initial consultation is free and without obligation. We advance all case expenses, and we only get paid if we recover money for you.

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