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Where There's Smoke...There's Progress

S.L. Chavis RN; Outpatient Surgery Magazine; 4/2015

Categories: General, Laparoscopic, Orthopedic, Plastic

There was nothing magic about the way we began to clear the air in our ORs. Yes, there was smoke, and yes, there were mirrors — to get started, we took a good long look at ourselves and our knowledge base — but ultimately, it was education and…

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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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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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The Examination of Problems Experienced by Nurses and Doctors Associated with Exposure to Surgical Smoke and the Necessary Precautions

The Examination of Problems Experienced by Nurses and Doctors Associated with Exposure to Surgical Smoke and the Necessary Precautions; Journal of Clinical Nursing; 7/2016

Categories: Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dermatology, ENT, General, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Plastic, Veterinary

This article researches the problems experienced by the nurses and doctors as a result of exposure to surgical smoke included: headache, watering of the eyes, cough, sore throat, bad odors absorbed in the hair, and nausea; then drowsiness, dizziness,…

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Health Risk Assessment of VOCs from Surgical Smoke

Shaohua She, Gang Lu, Wah Yang, Mianwei Hong, and Lingfei Zhu; Creative Commons CC; 7/2017

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

The authors conduct a health risk analysis based on exposure to surgical smoke and length of exposure. They found an increased risk of cancer based on the quantity of benzene and formaldehyde found in surgical smoke. They recommend the use of a high flow…

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