Encision was started in 1991 by Roger Odell and Dave Newton with the guiding principles of making laparoscopy safer for patients and improving clinical effectiveness. The founders of Encision recognized that traditional monopolar laparoscopic instruments have an inherent design flaw; they are prone to insulation failure and capacitive coupling, causing patient burns. To address the issue they created Active Electrode Monitoring (AEM®) technology, which eliminates the chance of stray energy burns to patients by electrically shielding the laparoscopic surgical instrument shaft.
Encision’s AEM® burn protection system eliminates the chance of stray energy burns to patients during laparoscopy, by electrically shielding and monitoring the AEM instrument inside the patient’s body. We guarantee it.
Every AEM instrument has a protective shield that is actively monitored by the AEM burn protection system throughout a procedure. This protective shield eliminates the risk of capacitive coupling to the patient by draining the energy away from the patient to the AEM system. If an insulation failure occurs, the AEM system actively drains the electrosurgical energy away from the patient through this protective shield. In addition the AEM burn protection system immediately shuts down the instrument power, similar to a circuit breaker (GFCI) in the electrical wiring of a house.
In every AEM instrument, the active electrode is surrounded by the primary insulation layer. The primary insulation layer withstands the high voltages of electrosurgery, ensuring effective use of the active electrode. The protective shield is a conductive tube that surrounds the primary insulation layer and active electrode. The shield conducts stray energy back to the generator, ensuring there is no chance of a stray energy burn to the patient. The outer insulation provides an additional layer of insulation for all AEM instruments.