Surgical Smoke Plume Article Library - Electrosurgery

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Harmful Gasses Produced During Transurethral Resection Of The Prostate And Vaporization


Electrosurgery, Urology




A total of 12 smoke samples were collected from a continuous irrigation suction drainage system to a Tenax adsorber at a 0.05L/min flow rate during TURP and vaporization. The gasses were quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) equipped with a purge and trap sample injector.


The Japanese Urological Association


Chung YJ; Lee SK; Han SH; Zhao C; Kim MK; Park SC; Park JK 

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Health Risk Assessment of VOCs from Surgical Smoke


Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dermatology, Drills, Electrosurgery, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Smoke, Urology, Veterinary




The authors conduct a health risk analysis based on exposure to surgical smoke and length of exposure. They found an increased risk of cancer based on the quantity of benzene and formaldehyde found in surgical smoke. They recommend the use of a high flow vacuum device to remove surgical smoke at the source as a means of protection.


Creative Commons CC


Shaohua She, Gang Lu, Wah Yang, Mianwei Hong, and Lingfei Zhu

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Surgical Smoke Nearly Killed Me


Electrosurgery, Orthopedic




The personal story of Dr. Anthony Headley of the Headley Orthopaedic Institute in Phoenix AZ. 
Dr. Headley developed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and had a double lung transplant. He states that the cause was exposure to surgical smoke.


Outpatient Surgery Magazine February 2018 XIX, No. 2


Anthony Hedley, MD, FACS

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