Bovie Medical Corporation (“Bovie” or the “Company”) (NYSE Amex: BVX), a manufacturer and marketer of electrosurgical products, today announced that it received a patent for a laparoscopic electrosurgical electrical leakage detection device.
The device, when developed, will continuously monitor electrosurgical current from the generator, and is designed to prevent burns to the patient by detecting leakage of electrical current in the surgical handpiece during monopolar electrosurgery. The device will shut down the system if leakage is detected; thus, reducing burn risks to the patient. Without an electrosurgical safety device, capacitive coupling and insulation failure are two unwanted side effects that can result in patient injury since these injuries often happen outside the view of the video camera during a laparoscopic procedure. These unintended injuries can result in additional surgical procedures being performed on the patient.
After completing the development of the device, the Company will file a 510k application with the FDA for clearance to market. The Company anticipates incorporating the device into electrosurgical generators manufactured by Bovie and others.
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