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You show up every day in the OR to provide care to those who need it in our communities. This choice alone is one of more than 35,000 choices you will make in a single day. Each decision has an impact on our lives, the people we care for, and the world around us.
You encourage patients to make healthy life choices but how often do you make healthy decisions in your working life? You and your colleagues provide life-giving care to others so the health of you and your team matters.
It has been estimated that over 500,000 healthcare workers are exposed to surgical smoke every year.1
The dangers of surgical smoke.
of electrosurgery respondents are not trained on the hazards of surgical smoke.2
is the approximate amount of surgical smoke produced daily in the OR.3
have been identified in surgical smoke.4
recommended occupational exposure limit to furfural.5
Ball K. Surgical smoke evacuation guidelines: Compliance among perioperative nurses. AORN J 2010;92(2):e1– e23. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20678599/
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Health and Safety Practices Survey of Healthcare Workers: Surgical Smoke.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/healthcarehsps/smoke.html. Accessed November 2018.
Hill DS, O’Neill JK, Powell RJ, Oliver DW. 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. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012;65(7):911–916.
Pierce JS, Lacey SE, Lippert JF, Lopez R, Franke JE. Laser-generated air contaminants from medical laser applications: a state-of-the-science review of exposure characterization, health effects, and control. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2011;8(7):447–466.
Hollmann R, Hort CE, Kammer E, Naegele M, Sigrist MW, Meuli-Simmen C. Smoke in the operating theater: an unregarded source of danger. Plast Rec Surg. 2004;114(2):458–463.
HMV Market Research. Based on a survey of 35 experienced, full-time nurses. Aug 2016. Funded by Medtronic.