PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle
The PEAK® Surgery System is indicated for cutting and coagulation of soft tissue during General, Plastic and Reconstructive (including but not limited to skin incisions and development of skin flaps), ENT, Gynecologic, Orthopaedic, Arthroscopic, Spinal and Neurological procedures.
The PEAK PlasmaBlade® Needle should not be used on small appendages or body parts, as in circumcision.
As a consequence of electrosurgery, damage to surrounding tissue through iatrogenic injury could occur.
- Observe fire precautions at all times. An electrosurgical device may provide an ignition source due to sparking and heating.
- Do not use in the presence of flammable anesthetics or oxidizing gases such as nitrous oxide and oxygen. Do not activate the device until vapors from alcohol-based skin prepping agents have dissipated. Naturally occurring gases that accumulate in body cavities can also be an ignition source.
- Do not touch the electrode tip of the PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle while power is being applied as this may result in user injury.
- Do not contact metal objects and instruments with the PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle while power is being applied as unintended tissue damage and electrode tip damage could occur.
Activation of the PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle outside the field of view could cause patient injury.
- Activation of the handpiece when not in contact with target tissue may cause capacitive coupling.
Do not allow patient contact with grounded metal objects, as such contact may result in patient or user injury. Activation of the handpiece simultaneously while aspirating fluid may alter the path of electrical energy away from target tissue.
- Inadvertent patient contact may result in burns. When not in use, place the device in a dry and nonconductive area away from the patient.
- Monopolar devices require a Patient Return Electrode. The unit must detect proper Patient Return Electrode impedance before Generator output can be active. The impedance is continuously monitored and displayed while in Monopolar Mode. The unit presents audible and visible alarms if the unit detects improper impedance with the Patient Return Electrode in Monopolar Mode and will disable Generator output. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for application site and placement procedures when applying the Patient Return Electrode. Do not rely entirely on the impedance sensing feature as it can be affected by a damaged (shorted) Patient Return Electrode. It is recommended that the operator verify appropriate placement and contact of the Patient Return Electrode. Inadequate contact of the Patient Return Electrode may result in patient alternate site burns or injury.
- Do not reuse, resterilize, or reprocess the PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle as it is supplied sterile and intended for Single Use Only. A device that has been resterilized or reprocessed may not perform properly and may result in patient or user injury.
- When bending the PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle shaft, do not exceed a 45° angle with the plane of the shaft. Do not bend more than three times. Bend the shaft, not the tip. Excessive bending of the shaft may compromise performance of the device or cause device failure, which could result in patient or user injury. Use finger force to shape the shaft; do not use forceps as this could damage the device.
- Avoid fluid contact with the handle and its interfaces and connections, as this may result in patient or user injury, or device failure.
- Position the cable to avoid patient contact to protect against high frequency current paths to the patient as this may result in patient or user injury.
The use of electrosurgery in the presence of internal or external cardiac pacemakers is potentially hazardous. Interference from the electrical current can cause device malfunction. Consult the cardiac pacemaker manufacturer for further information before proceeding with the surgery.
- Do not use monopolar electrosurgery on small appendages, such as in finger surgery, as it can cause thrombosis or other unintended injury to tissue proximal to the surgical site.
- The device should not be used near electrocardiograph electrodes as it can cause interference.
- The PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle should only be used by qualified medical personnel possessing training in the surgical procedures to be performed.
- Take care when handling the electrode tip to prevent possible damage to the tip and to prevent user injury.
- Use the lowest power setting and the shortest activation time possible to achieve the desired end effect.
- Unless the product is being used to spot coagulate a vessel, it is recommended to keep the electrode tip in motion while activated to avoid excessive eschar buildup. Excessive eschar buildup can compromise device performance.
- Do not use sharp or abrasive instruments or materials to clean eschar buildup on the electrode tip as this may damage the tip.
- When not in use, the device should be placed in the holster securely fastened to the surgical drape.
- Prior to initial use, ensure that all package inserts, including warnings, cautions, instructions for use, as well as the PULSAR Generator Operator’s Manual, are read and understood.
- Prior to use, carefully inspect the package before opening. Do not use the device if the package appears damaged in any way. Return any damaged packages to Medtronic Advanced Energy, LLC.
- Prior to use, inspect the PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle for any defects. Do not use if insulation or connectors are damaged.
- The PEAK PlasmaBlade Needle is intended for use only with the PULSAR Generator.