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Aerosols and Splatter in Dentistry

Stephen K. Harrel, DDS; John Molinari, PhD ; The Journal of the American Dental Association, Vol 135, No 4; 4/2004

Categories: Drills, Orthopedic, Reamers, Saws

The airborne spread of measles, tuberculosis and SARS is well-documented in the medical literature. The dental literature shows that many dental procedures produce aerosols and droplets that are contaminated with bacteria and blood. These aerosols…

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Bovie Smoke: A Perilous Plume

Patrick W. McCormick, MD; AANS Neurosurgeon, Vol 17, No 1; 1/2008

Categories: Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Smoke

Surgical smoke plume, often referred to as Bovie smoke, is examined in this article from a number of different facets. Taken from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Journal, the author outlines the hazards by first making the comparison of…

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Call to Tackle Toxic Surgery Smoke Risk for Doctors, Nurses, Patients

John Weekes;; 5/2016

Categories: Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Veterinary

Surgeons, nurses and patients are being exposed to toxic surgical smoke from burnt body parts, and health staff want new safety measures to combat the risks in New Zealand hospitals.

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Chemical Composition of Smoke Produced by High-frequency Electrosurgery

O.S. Al Sahaf; I.Vega-Carrascal; F.O. Cunningham; J.P. MCGrath; F.J. Bloomfield; Irish Journal of Medical Science; 7/2007

Categories: Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Saws, Smoke

This study demonstrated the presence of irritant, carcinogenic and neurotoxic compounds in electrosurgical smoke such as toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. This may have considerable implications for the health and safety of all involved in surgical…

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Comparison of Current and Past Surgical Smoke Control Practices

Ben E. Edwards, MS, CLSO, RRPT, CHP, CMLSO; Robert E. Reiman, MSPH, MD; AORN Journal,; 3/2012

Categories: Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, Laparoscopic, Laser, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Veterinary

This is the result of a survey conducted by the authors regarding various surgical smoke control practices throughout the United States. The results showed a variety of Local Exhaust Ventilation, Suction and respiratory protection measures.

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) in the Vapors of Surgical Power Instruments

Johnson GK; Robinson WS; Journal of Medical Virology; 1/1991

Categories: Orthopedic

Cool vapors and aerosols produced by several common surgical power instruments and hot smoke plumes generated with electrocautery on known HIV-1 inoculated blood were gently bubbled through sterile viral culture media.

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No Smoking: Vancouver Coastal Operating Room Nurses Push for Enforceable Policies to Protect Them From Toxic Surgical Smoke

L. MacDonald; Update Magazine; 5/2015

Categories: General, Laparoscopic, Orthopedic, Plastic

The days of smoking in hospitals, or any workplace for that matter, are long gone. The health risks of tobacco are well-established, and the overall awareness of the importance of air quality and proper ventilation has made buildings much safer work…

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Study of Health Care Workers Shows Prevalence of Surgical Smoke Exposure

Andrea Steege; Safety and Health Magazine; 11/2015

Categories: General, Orthopedic, Plastic

Surgical smoke is a serious and preventable hazard that affects thousands of health care workers every year, according to a NIOSH study presented Nov. 3 at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting.

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Surgical Smoke Plume: Principles and Function of Smoke, Aerosol, Gases, and Smoke Evacuators

Charles R. Yeh, President & CEO of Acuderm, Inc.; Surgical Services Management, Vol 3, No 4; 4/1997

Categories: General, Laser, Orthopedic

There is substantial literature on various aspects of the hazards of smoke plume generated by electrosurgical instruments and lasers. Most studies address single issues. According to a recent survey of 4,500 Canadian physicians and surgeons (with 800…

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Surgical Smoke: Plume What Do We Know

Donna S. Watson, RN, MSN, CNOR, ARNP-BC; Covidien; 1/2009

Categories: General, Orthopedic, Plastic

This paper provides information of what we know about surgical smoke, the associated health risks and current global recommendations and regulations.

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