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Cautery: 1

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Precise use of cautery without causing excessive surrounding burn injury involves a discrete series of steps. Tissue containing bleeding points, in this case umbilical skin (see umbilical hernia repair), is held gently with Adson (fine-toothed/mouse-toothed) forceps while the ring finger of the same hand applies upward pressure to control bleeding.     

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Cautery: 2

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The pressure is eased to reveal a bleeding point. Pressure is then reapplied.       

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Cautery: 3

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The blood is dabbed to create a dry field around the bleeder. Blood transmits current and increases the area of burn if not blotted.       

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