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ECoG Electrodes

Robert J. Kemp, MBA

December 3, 2001

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Is it safe to re-use extra-tympanic ECoG electrodes?

Answer

This is an easy one. There is a need for infection control advice on this topic - since they cannot be re-used. This is an FDA regulated product and is approved for single use only. The FDA has put this restriction on the product for a couple of reasons. One, the tip of the electrode is covered with ''hydrogel''. This gel will be removed by disinfectants. Without the gel, the conductivity of the electrode is compromised and thus the results of the test are not true. Second, the gel provides a cushion. If the gel is absent, a wire is left exposed, and this can cause injury. Bottom Line --You cannot and should not re-use these electrodes.

BIO:
Mr. Robert J. Kemp is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oaktree Products, Inc. in Chesterfield, MO. Oaktree Products, Inc. is a supplier of audiology and hearing aid supplies and the leading information source on infection control related to audiology. Mr. Kemp earned his B.S. in microbiology and a master's of Business Administration from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO. Prior to founding Oaktree Products, he spent 12 years in sales and marketing management in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Kemp is a nationally recognized expert in the area of infection control and its implications in hearing healthcare environments. He is an adjunct instructor for several distance learning AuD programs in the area of infection control.


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