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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 D on't ignore the big-time importance of choosing the right small bone power tools for your upper and lower extremity surgeons. Here are some of the factors you need to consider when shopping the options. • Ergonomics. The most important factor for your surgeons is how a particular power tool feels, how it operates, how it behaves. Think of it like how an athlete or musician feels about a particular model of baseball glove or guitar. Likewise, don't assume that any given small bone power tool is "one-size-fits-all." Surgeons will know pretty quickly whether a power tool feels right in their hand. Is it their preferred weight? How easy is it to grip? How easy is it to control? Does it feel well-balanced? When surgeons begin drilling, is the speed and power what they expect and require? Remember, different surgeons have different hand sizes and different styles. You want them to feel the maximum amount of comfort and confidence in the tool they're using. • Power. Traditionally, small bone power tools needed to be plugged into a power source. Now battery-operated tools offer sur- geons a lot more freedom of movement and maneuverability, reduce clutter and cabling snafus. However, the freedom provided by cordless tools comes at a price: You need to make sure that at any given time you'll have enough tools charged up, so surgeries aren't delayed. When evaluating your options, look at how long each one holds a charge, and how long it takes to recharge. The tool should have a battery power indicator as well. Also keep in mind that with some cordless systems, the battery Small Bone Power Tools Extremity surgeons look for precision, personal comfort and plenty of versatility in their instruments of choice. Thinking of Buying … Glenn Gaston, MD | Charlotte, N.C.

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