An answer for eschar buildup: anti-stick solution for electrosurgery Interview with
electrolube-surgicalTim Reese, president of Eagle Surgical Products, LLC,
Sales and distribution company for Electro Lube® What is the background of Electro Lube®?

Response: Developed in 2004, Electro Lube® is an anti-stick solution for electrosurgery designed to keep instruments clean. The product is a mixture of natural, non-synthetic, non-flammable, non-allergenic biocompatible phospholipids without any known side effects associated with patient use. What is the problem Electro Lube® addresses?

Tim Reese, president of Eagle Surgical Products, LLC, Sales and distribution company for Electro Lub

Tim Reese

Response: Electro Lube® addresses the eschar buildup and instrument failure surgeons face when using electrosurgical instrumentation such as a suction coagulator.
The product is designed to:
1. Protect electrosurgical instruments from damage caused by electrocautery and scraping,
2. Keep instruments clean from eschar build-up,
3. Prevent bleeders caused by instrument sticking, and
4. Save surgeons time and money by decreasing the number of possible interruptions to clean the instrument (including disengaging, cleaning and reassembling the instrument). How does Electro Lube® reduce surgical time?

Response: As mentioned, Electro Lube® was designed to keep instruments from sticking to tissue and to keep tissue from sticking to instruments. Electro Lube® helps reduce surgical time by minimizing the number of interruptions during surgery caused by eschar buildup or instrument failure.

In order to support our hypothesis, sixty adenoidectomies were performed with and without the application of Electro Lube® to a suction cauterizer instrument. The results of the study entitled, “The effects of an anti-stick phospholipid solution on pediatric electrocautery adenoidectomy,” showed a clinically significant reduction (23.2 percent) in overall procedure time when Electro Lube® was used, compared to when Electro Lube® was not used.

To read the study, please use the following link:

Jeffrey C. Baker, MD; Hassan H. Ramadan, MD, FACS. (January 2012). The effects of an antistick phospholipid solution on pediatric electro- cautery adenoidectomy. Ear, Nose & Throat Journal, Vol. 91, No. 1. Re- trieved from pholipid- solution-pediatric-electrocautery-adenoidectomy Are there other surgeons (e.g. dermatologists) who may find this product useful?

Response: Yes, there are many other types of surgeons who would find the product useful. Currently, Electro Lube® is being used by surgeons in a variety of specialties including gynecology, general surgery, neurosurgery, urology-robotics, ENT and plastic surgery at some of the nation’s top hospitals, including Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the UC Health System. Electro Lube® can be used on any monopolar and bipolar instrumentation such as Cutting Forceps, Kleppingers, Bipolar Forceps, Bovie Pencils, Suction Coagulators, Robots, Curved Hot Scissors, Spatula Electrodes and L-hook Electrodes. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Surgeons across various specialties regularly experience instrument sticking and eschar buildup. Readers should recognize that Electro Lube® is a simple solution to an extremely common problem. As hospitals continue to focus on improving quality and cost outcomes, Electro Lube® is working to ensure that physicians are equipped to provide the highest quality of care in a timely manner to protect patients. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: For live demonstrations of the product in action, please visit

Last Updated on September 21, 2016 by Marie Benz MD FAAD