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Definition : Equipment designed to deliver fluid (i.e., irrigate) to a cavity or other specific area of the body. These devices typically consist of a main unit, including one or more pumps to deliver the liquid, an easy-to-handle (e.g., pistol-like) handpiece with a control (e.g., valve, clamp) for the rate of the irrigation flush, and appropriate tubing to connect the handpiece to the main unit; some automated irrigators may use dedicated software. The equipment may also include an auxiliary irrigation kit with connectors, splash shields, and adapters. Irrigators are intended to improve visualization and provide some cleaning of the clinical or surgical procedure sites (e.g., body cavities); dedicated irrigators are available for particular (e.g., oral, dental, ear, surgical, wound) procedures.

Entry Terms : "Lavage Units"

UMDC code : 26658

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