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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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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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Call to tackle toxic surgery smoke risk for doctors, nurses, patients

John Weekes;; 5/2016

Categories: Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, Electrosurgery, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Smoke, Urology, Veterinary

Article discusses a surgeons concerns regarding exposure to surgical smoke in New Zwaland Hospitals

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Canadian Study Finds Dozens of Deaths from 'Minimally Invasive' Laparoscopic Surgeries

Sharon Kirkey; National Post (Canada); 5/2017

Categories: General

This article discusses the complications related to minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery

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Cancer Risk of Incremental Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Electrocautery Smoke for Mastectomy Personnel

Hsin-Shun Tseng, Shi-Ping Liu, Shi-Nian Uang, Li-Ru Yang, Shien-Chih Lee, Yao-Jen Liu and Dar-Ren Chen; World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 12:31; 1/2014

Categories: General, Plastic

The carcinogenic effects of PAHs in ES on the occupational health of surgical staff should not be neglected. The use of an effective ES evacuator or smoke removal apparatus is strongly suggested to diminish the electrosurgical smoke hazards to surgical…

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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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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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