Four Georgia Tech biomedical engineering students behind CauteryGuard “redesigned an electrocautery device by adding a retractable tip.” It eliminates cautery based fires and burns in the surgery room when the device isn’t in use. Reportedly by surgeons who have used the prototype the retraction feature actually enhances manual surgical dexerity vs. the opposite. The team nicely quantified the frequency of cauterization in hospitals and also dental practices, and statistics on injury and fires from equipment burns.


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