What is the dermatologic preoperative evaluation and management of medical devices?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In the preoperative screening, physicians should inquire about artificial assistive devices, such as pacemakers, artificial cardiac valves, and artificial joints. The presence of any one of these foreign objects can affect the surgical course and the outcome. An electrosurgical grounding pad should be placed remotely from a metallic indwelling prosthesis.


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