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2.3 Contact Hours

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Written by: Diana Pasini-Wojnisz, BSN, RN, CGRN & Beth Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, CNOR

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants should be able to:


Gastrointestinal/Endoscopic RNs, Perioperative RNs


To provide guidelines for the safe and effective use of electrosurgery in gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures.


Electrosurgery is commonly used during gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures to safely deliver electrical current through tissue that produces heat at the cellular level, to cut or coagulate tissue. Electrosurgical units (ESU) generate electrical current that travel from a small active electrode or cautery tip, through the patient, and will exit by way of a large dispersive, return electrode or dispersive pad. The use of electrosurgery can subject both patients and endoscopy staff to the risk of electrocution, therefore a basic understanding of electrical hazards and prevention of injury is crucial. This education module will describe the fundamental concepts and principles of electrosurgery, with basic definitions and explanations. Monopolar electrosurgery, bipolar electrosurgery, heater probe, and argon plasma coagulator methods will be discussed as they apply to utilization and application in the gastrointestinal endoscopy setting.