IS EQUIVALENT TO SMOKING
of surgical smoke particles ARE NOT filtered out by standard surgical masks4
IS MORE EFFICIENT THAN HEPA
ULPA filter removes particles as small as 0.1 micron for an efficiency of 99.999%6
A HEPA filter only removes particles as small as 0.3 micron. Most viruses are small than 0.3 micron.6
USE WITH AN ACTIVATED CARBON FILTER
Use a smoke evacuator system that uses a ULPA filter with an activated carbon filter when surgical smoke is anticipated.
When using a medical-surgical vacuum system, place an in-line ULPA filter with an activated carbon filter between the suction wall connector and the suction canister.
have mandated smoke evacuation legislation and many more are voting on the issue.
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