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Surgical Electrode Mat Endorsed for NHS Use by U.K. Cost Agency

An electrical mat that reduces the likelihood of burns for patients undergoing electrosurgery has been recommended for use in the U.K.’s National Health Service.

The technology, known as the Mega Soft Patient Return Electrode, received positive guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, a body that advises the NHS on cost-effective medical treatments. The mat is developed by Draper, Utah-based Megadyne Medical Products Inc., a closely held company established in 1986.

Mega Soft is deployed during surgical procedures which use electric currents to cauterize cuts and reduce bleeding from incisions. The mat, which lies underneath the patient, completes the electrical circuit between the patient and electrical source, eliminating the need for electrode stickers to be placed on the skin.

The electrode can provide benefits to patients with fragile skin Carole Longson, director of NICE’s Health Technology Evaluation Center, said in a statement today. “There are also possible benefits for theater staff in terms of convenience and reduced setting-up time,” said Longson.

NICE, which first began to evaluate the technology in September, calculates the cost of the reusable mats at 1,900 pounds ($3,000) each. Positive guidance from the London-based agency helps speed the adoption of new treatments across the 168 NHS hospital trusts in England.

Megadyne also produces blade electrodes and generators, according to the company’s website. The Mega Soft electrode can be used for as long as 24 months, according to NICE.

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