Know the health risks of surgical smoke

Evacuating surgical smoke makes sense. It can expose you and your team to more than 150 hazardous chemicals — including toxins like cyanide, benzene, and forlmadehyde.5,6,7 And some experts estimate that the amount of surgical smoke produced daily in the OR equals 27 to 30 cigarettes.8

Prolonged exposure to hazards like those can potentially lead to9:

  • Nose, throat, and eye irritation
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Carcinoma

Help protect yourself, your team, and your patients. Evacuate surgical smoke from your procedures with the Valleylab™ laparoscopic smoke evacuation system.

  • † 10 out of 10 surgeons surveyed after use agreed the device improved visualization vs. nonevacuation.

  • ‡ As compared with non-ULPA filtration or nonevacuation.

  • §9 out of 10 surgeons surveyed after use agreed.

  • 1. Based on internal test report #RE00139506 rev A, Bourbon: Valleylab™ laparoscopic smoke evacuation system nurses and surgeons claims report. March 12, 2018.

  • 2. Based on Buffalo Filter report #PR-17003 rev A (#RE00016346), ULPA filtration. Jan. 12, 2018.

  • 3. da Silva RD, Sehrt D, Molina WR, Moss J, Park SH, Kim FJ. Significance of surgical plume obstruction during laparoscopy. JSLS. 2014;18(3).

  • 4. Based on Buffalo Filter product specification form DC#2016-203 for Valleylab™ laparoscopic smoke evacuation system. Jan. 31, 2018.

  • 5. 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.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. Ulmer BC. The hazards of surgical smoke. AORN J. 2008;87(4):721–734.

  • 8. 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.

  • 9. Alp E, Bijl D, Bleichrodt RP, Hansson B, Voss A. Surgical smoke and infection control. J Hosp Infect. 2006;62(1):1–5.

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