January 4, 2021

Joint Commission issues Quick Safety on dangers of surgical smoke

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission on December 15 issued a new Quick Safety that focuses on the dangers presented by surgical smoke.

Surgical smoke is a byproduct created by the thermal destruction of tissue with lasers, electrosurgical systems, radio frequency devices, hyfrecators, ultrasonic scalpels, power tools, and other devices.


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