Let us understand types of patient plate and their pros & cons.
There are following types of patient plates:
Please note the following:
Split-type patient plates are required for contact quality monitoring. Split patient plates allow intelligent surgical diathermy to identify contact quality.
The safest patient plates are the split disposable types. Disposable patient plates come with adhesives and hence, contact is maintained even when the patient is moved during surgery.
Split silicon patient plates are the second-best choice and offer cost effective alternative.
Steel patient plates should be avoided because:
i. being rigid, may provide smaller contact area and
ii. cannot help intelligent surgical diathermy to assess contact quality.
For silicon patient plates, though not mandatory, applying a conductive jelly will enhance contact quality.