Medicolegal aspects of surgical diathermy burns: A case report and review of the literature

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Demirçin S., Aslan F., Karagöz Y. M. , Atılgan M.

ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE, vol.21, no.3, pp.173-176, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.4323/rjlm.2013.173
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.173-176
  • Keywords: diathermy, diathermy burns, electrosurgery, electrocautery, malpractice, ELECTROSURGERY
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Diathermy plays an integral part in most operations, either for dissection or coagulation, and it is used on a regular basis by surgeons of all specialties. Even though modern diathermy equipment is considered to be safe, accidents still do happen. These accidents particularly occur if the operation is performed in emergency situations in which the patient's clinical condition is urgently fatal and the members of the team could only focus to the surgical area. The false steps in monopolar diathermy application cause a situation called the diathermy burns.