marVAC® simple, safe and ergonomic
Effective smoke evacuation clears the surgical site, giving the surgeon a perfect view and preventing the dissemination of viruses and other noxious particles at the same time.
Advanced lasers and electrosurgical devices are used in almost all major operations nowadays for many different purposes: staunching the blood flow, occluding arteries or veins, cutting tissue or sealing vessels. However, this inevitably involves the development of surgical plume that may pose a health hazard when inhaled. To minimize these risks for the surgical staff, it is highly advisable to use an additional smoke evacuator. With its marVAC® , KLS Martin offers you an innovative system that automatically removes the plume with all its noxious particles, viruses and potentially carcinogenic substances as soon as the laser or electrosurgical device is activated. And the best of all: the latest KLS Martin laser systems come with a built-in smoke evacuator.
When using an electrode or laser, a lot of heat is generated at the point of tissue contact, causing the tissue to melt, says Uwe Ott, head of the HF/laser product management at Gebrüder Martin GmbH & Co. KG. In this process, surgical plume develops as an inevitable by-product. While this smoke consists mostly of just water or water vapor (roughly 95 percent), the danger is in the remaining five percent, which may contain blood, tissue particles and noxious viruses and bacteria. If these substances are allowed to enter the respiratory tract, they can cause serious health problems.
Whereas the nasal wall traps particles with a size of 530 µm, particles up to 2 µm in size are capable of penetrating deep into the lung, reaching down to the alveoli. Viral particles are significantly smaller. Therefore, inhaling plume during an operation can cause acute breathing troubles, eye irritation, headache and fatigue. Even hepatitis infections are possible which is why plume protection is a must in every operating room and the staff should be required to wear face masks or ensure adequate air circulation, for example. Still more important, however, is using a smoke evacuator that allows you to remove these gases right at the place of origin. This not only protects the entire surgical team, but additionally ensures that the surgeon can perform his work with an unhindered view of the surgical site.
"With the marVAC® smoke evacuator, we have developed a method that gives surgical plume no chance to spread", Uwe Ott explains the advantages of this easy-to-use system that is available either as a stand-alone unit or as an integrated part of electrosurgical or laser system solutions. Thus, marVAC® can be operated as part of the maXium® HF surgery system via the control panel of the HF unit. This facilitates the work of the surgical staff a great deal as all processes can be conveniently controlled via a single control panel. In the case of the Limax® (the latest KLS Martin laser), the smoke evacuator has even been fully integrated into the system for the sake of convenience to make things still easier for the staff. But apart from being user-friendly, safe and ergonomic, the marVAC® is a surprisingly silent system that nonetheless offers excellent suction power and an extremely long filter life. "This is a definite plus in economic terms", points out Uwe Ott. To sum it up: "The KLS Martin smoke evacuator makes procedures not only safer for surgeons and their teams, but pays for itself in the long run because it is so much more efficient than other filter solutions."