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The effects of an antistick phospholipid solution on pediatric electrocautery adenoidectomy

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A study was done by Jeffrey C. Baker, MD; Hassan H. Ramadan MD, FACS in 2009 to determine if coating a suction cautery tip with an anti-stick phospholipid solution would decrease the amount of time required to complete primary pediatric adenoidectomies. The aim of the study was focused on two main criteria: the amount of surgical time required to complete each procedure and the number of times an operation had to be interrupted because the suction cautery tip needed to be cleaned (each interruption was called a “handback”). Use of the anti-stick solution shortened the amount of surgical time by 23.2%. The benefits of the anti-stick solution were even more pronounced in patients with large adenoids than in those with smaller adenoids.

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