GO SMOKE FREE
TO HELP PROTECT YOURSELF.
AND YOUR PATIENTS.
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 formaldehyde.([FOOTNOTE=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.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=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.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Ulmer BC. The hazards of surgical smoke. AORN J. 2008;87(4):721–734.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) And some experts estimate that the amount of surgical smoke produced daily in the OR equals 27 to 30 cigarettes.([FOOTNOTE=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.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])
Prolonged exposure to hazards like those can potentially lead to([FOOTNOTE=Alp E, Bijl D, Bleichrodt RP, Hansson B, Voss A. Surgical smoke and infection control. J Hosp Infect. 2006;62(1):1–5.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]):
- Nose, throat, and eye irritation
- Chronic bronchitis
Help protect yourself, your team, and your patients. Evacuate surgical smoke from your procedures with the Valleylab™ laparoscopic smoke evacuation system.