A comprehensive program designed to help guide facilities on how to keep staff and patients safe from the dangers associated with surgical smoke. We provide the tools and support necessary to analyze gaps in practice, develop policies and provide education.
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What is Surgical Smoke?
Surgical smoke is a dangerous by-product generated from the use of lasers, electro-surgical pencils, ultrasonic devices, and other surgical energy based devices. As these instruments cauterize vessels and destroy (vaporize) tissue, fluid, and blood, a gaseous material known as surgical smoke is created.
The composition of surgical smoke is generally 95% water and 5% other matter. It is the other matter that is hazardous to surgical personnel and patients.
CHEMICAL Over 40 different hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals similar to cigarette smoke.
BIOLOGICAL Viable bacteria and virus.
PHYSICAL Ultrafine particulates similar to coal dust.
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1 Hill, D.S. et. Al., Surgical Smoke- A health hazard in the operating theatre. A study to quantify exposure and a survey of smoke extractor systems in UK plastic surgery units. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery 2012. doi:10.1016/j.bjps.2012.02.012