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Analysis of Surgical Smoke Produced by Various Energy-Based Instruments and Effect on Laparoscopic Visibility

Kyle J. Weld, MD; Stephen Dryer; Caroline D. Ames; Kuk Cho; Chris Hogan; Myonghwa Lee; Pratim Biswas; Jamie Landman, MD; Journal of Endourology, Vol 21, No 3; 3/2007

Categories: General, Laparoscopic, OB/GYN

Discusses the relationship of particle size in plume during laparoscopic procedures. Applies to general surgery as well as gynecologic laparoscopy.

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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; Stuff.co.nz; 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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Chemical Composition of Surgical Smoke Formed in the Abdominal Cavity During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy- Assessment of the Risk to the Patient

Dobrogowski, Wesolowski, Kucharske et al; International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 27(2):314 – 325; 2/2014

Categories: General, Laparoscopic

This article discusses the finding of various xenobiotics in patient urine following laparoscopic cholecystectomy. These chemicals, including benzene, xylene and toluene, were absorbed by the patient from surgical smoke in their abdomen during laparoscopy…

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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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Cytotoxicity of Electrosurgical Smoke Produced in An Anoxic Environment

C. Hensman FRACS A; E. L. Newman PhD A; S. M. Shimi FRCS A; A. Cuschieri MD, FRCS A; The American Journal of Surgery; 3/1998

Categories: General, Laparoscopic

The effect on cell viability of smoke produced during high - frequency electro - surgery has not been previously reported. The aim of this study was to produce smoke in vitro , in a closed environment similar to that encountered in minimal access surgery…

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Dissemination of Melanoma Cells within Electrocautery Plume

John N. Fletcher, MD; Daphne Mew, PhD, MD, FRCS; Jean-Gaston DesCoˆ teaux, MA, MD, FRCS; Excerpta Medica, Inc., July 1999, Vol 178; 7/1999

Categories: Dermatology, General, Laparoscopic

Results of this study confirm that application of electrocautery to a pellet of melanoma cells releases these cells into the plume. These cells are viable and may be grown in culture. This release of malignant cells may explain the appearance of port…

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Don't Be a Victim of Surgical Smoke

Beverly P. Giordano, RN, MS; AORN Journal, Vol. 63, No. 3; 3/1996

Categories: General, Laparoscopic

If you saw a low-lying cloud that was labeled clearly with its contents, and the label contained the words benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, methane, phenol, styrene, and toluene, would you go out of your way to walk through that…

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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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