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VERSAJET Precautions


  • Always begin debridement procedures at the lowest power setting and increase as necessary to the optimal setting for the type of tissue being debrided to avoid unintended tissue removal.
  • In order to avoid unwanted procedural delays, assure the system is fully operational prior to administration of anesthesia.
  • When used on wounds where bone, tendon or other hard tissue may be encountered during the debridement procedure, excessive spraying and/or misting may occur due to the interruption of the stream of sterile saline by hard tissues.
  • Spraying or misting is more frequent at lower power settings due to less pressure. Spraying or misting may be reduced by keeping the waste evacuation tube straight.
  • As with all surgical procedures, the VERSAJET II operator and other clinical personnel should follow the universal precautions for infection control as per local protocols.
  • For optimal results when debriding hard or leathery eschar resulting from burn injuries, it is recommended to first debride the eschar using sharp debridement techniques followed by the use of VERSAJET II to complete debridement or excision of the wound.
  • It is recommended that prior to clinical use of VERSAJET II, all operators of the device should be trained in the proper use of VERSAJET II. Smith & Nephew has developed a training program; contact your local market representative for details concerning VERSAJET II training.
  • Do not allow saline bag to empty, this could allow air to enter the supply tube. Air in the supply tube will temporarily lower device efficiency and may require re-priming of the system.
  • Select an appropriate sized waste container for the proceedure.
  • Connecting the waste evacuation tubing hose, or any container connected to it, to a vacuum source is not recommended and may increase the aggressiveness of tissue removal.
  • Monitor fluid level of waste container and empty as needed.
  • Subsequent debridement procedures may be necessary for complex or highly contaminated wounds.
  • Do not touch the high pressure jet in the operating window of the handpiece.
  • Use only sterile saline solution with this device.
  • Examine all components before use. If you believe a component to be faulty, damaged or suspect, DO NOT USE. Contact your local Smith & Nephew VERSAJET II representative.
  • Pre-heating saline prior to use with VERSAJET II is not recommended. Due to the use of high pressure, some heating of the saline will occur during use.
  • The higher the console power setting, the more pressure being applied with the handpiece tip or the longer the saline jet is in contact with the wound area, the greater the possibility of unintended tissue damage.
  • Each VERSAJET II disposable handpiece is intended for SINGLE-USE ONLY. DO NOT RE-STERILIZE. Discard after use. The VERSAJET II handpieces are not designed to withstand the rigors of reprocessing or re-sterilization; device performance will be compromised and sterility can not be assured.