February 21, 2020

Breathing easier in a smoke-free health system

Controlling electrosurgical smoke is a major challenge in many ORs. In 1996, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health published a policy on controlling smoke from lasers and electrosurgical procedures, and over the years, studies have linked adverse health effects with electrosurgical smoke exposure. Yet healthcare providers have differing opinions about the need for smoke evacuation, and achieving a 100% surgical smoke-free environment may seem difficult if not impossible.

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