including what you can't see.
77% of particles in surgical smoke are not filtered out by standard surgical masks.1,2
Surgical smoke is a dangerous by-product generated from the use of lasers, electrosurgical pencils, ultrasonic devices, and other surgical energy-based devices. As these instruments cauterize vessels and destroy (vaporize) tissue, fluid, and blood, a gaseous material known as surgical smoke is created.
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50 chemicals and 40
carcinogenic chemicals 3
Viable bacteria and virus 4
Ultra-fine particles similar
to coal dust 5
Healthcare workers exposed annually in the US alone 6
Cigarettes OR staff are exposed to daily 7
The number of respiratory problems reported by perioperative nurses compared to the general population 8
Is the rate of speed that smoke particles can travel and be evenly distributed throughout the O.R.9
How Has Surgical Smoke Impacted the
Lives of Nurses Around the Country
MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO
"At the end of the day, walking to my car, my chest hurt, I felt sick at my stomach and my throat burned and my nose burned."
Brenda C. Ulmer
RN, MN, CNOR
“We knew that any heat generating device
had a by-product that was detrimental to our perioperative personnel, patients and our physicians in the operating room.”
Andrea M. Dyer
"I felt betrayed. Why have I not been protected? I’ve been in the operating room for over 10 years as an operating room nurse..."
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2Ball, K. “Management of Surgical Smoke in the Perioperative Setting.” AORN Annual Conference Presentation. Web. January, 2016.
3Barrett WL, Garber SM. Surgical Smoke: A review of the literature. Is this just a lot of hot air? Surg Endosc. 2003;17(6):979-87
4Hallmo P, Naess O. Laryngeal papillomatosis with human papillomavirus DNA contracted by a laser surgeon. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 1991;248(7):425-427.
5Baggish, M.S., Polesz, B.J., Joret, D., Williamsson, P. and Refai,A. (1991), Presence of human immunodeficiency virus DNA in las smoke. Lasers Surg. Med., 11:197-203, doi:10.1002/lsm.1900110302
6Laser/Electrosurgery Plume, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). osha.gov. March, 2017.
7Hill 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.
8Ball, K. “Management of Surgical Smoke in the Perioperative Setting.” AORN Annual Conference Presentation.
9Hill, Daniel S., et al. “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.” Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. (2012): 911-16.
*Paid CONMED consultant