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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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Pilot Study of Directional Airflow and Containment of Airborne Particles in the Size of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in an Operating Room

Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC; American Journal of Infection Control, Vol 36, No 4; 5/2008

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

This pilot study clearly indicates that avoiding the use of freestanding HEPA filters inside an OR during a surgical procedure is prudent and consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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Presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus DNA in Laser Smoke

Michael S. Baggish, MD; Bernard J. Poiesz, MD; Dale Joret, MD; Patrick Williamson, MD; Ashraf Refai, MD; Lasers in Surgery & Medicine, Vol 11; 1/1991

Categories: Laser

Laser vaporous by-products (plume) have been shown to contain fine particulate matter which creates anatomically identifiable lesions when chronically inspired...

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Respirable Particles in the Excimer Laser Plume

Michael J. Taravella, MD; EyeWorld, Vol 6, No 6; 6/2001

Categories: Laser

Excimer laser surgery for the correction of refractive errors is becoming one of the most widely performed ocular procedures. The surgery involves ablation of the corneal stroma and, in some cases, the corneal epithelium. Concern has increased about the…

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Surgical Smoke a Health Hazard in the Operating Theatre: A study to quantify exposure and a survey of the use of smoke extractor systems in UK plastic surgery units

D.S.Hill, J.K. O'Neill, R.J. Powell, D.W. Oliver; Elsevier; 1/2012

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

This study looked at the contents of surgical plume in the United Kingdom from plastic surgery centers. Their results revealed the equivalent mutagenicity and other hazards as smoking 27-30 cigarettes per day for OR staff. The contents of the plume were…

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Surgical Smoke and Infection Control

E. Alp, D.Bijl; R.P. Bleichrodt; B. Hansson; A. Voss; Journal of Hospital Infection; 1/2006

Categories: Laparoscopic, Laser

Gaseous byproducts produced during electrocautery, laser surgery or the use of ultrasonic scalpels are usually referred to as ‘surgical smoke’. This smoke, produced with or without a heating process, contains bio-aerosols with viable and non-viable…

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Surgical Smoke and the Dermatologist

Jesse Lewin, Jeremy Brauer, Ariel Ostad; American Academy of Dermatology, Inc., 2010, doi:10.1016/j.jaad, 11.017; 1/2010

Categories: Dermatology, Plastic

The use of electrosurgery and lasers by dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons has increased in recent years with the growth of technology and procedures performed. These devices produce surgical smoke that has been demonstrated to harbor live viruses…

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Surgical Smoke: A Review of the Literature

William L. Barrett, MD; Shawn M. Garber, MD; Business Briefing: Global Surgery; 1/2004

Categories: General, Laparoscopic

Electrocautery, laser tissue ablation and ultrasonic (harmonic) scalpel tissue dissection all create a gaseous by-product, commonly referred to as ‘smoke’, that can be seen and smelt easily. Concern about this smoke has led to numerous investigations in…

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Surgical Smoke and Ultrafine Particles

Irene Brüske-Hohlfeld; Gerhard Preissler; Karl-Walter Jauch; Mike Pitz; Dennis Nowak; Annette Peters; H-Erich Wichmann; Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology; 1/2008

Categories: General, Laser

This article takes measures to quantify the amount of particulate that resides within surgical smoke plume during a series of different procedures. As part of their examination, the authors discuss the respiratory hazards associated with the inhalation of…

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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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