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Having an understanding of the principles of electricity is a strong foundation for "best practices" in electrosurgical patient care.
It is imperative that all surgical team members know the principles involved, the technology at hand and the safety practices necessary for optimal usage of electrosurgery.
The active electrode delivers the RF current from the generator to the surgical site.
The patient return pad or electrode for monopoly electrosurgery functions as the pathway the current takes back to the generator.