Surgical Smoke Plume Article Library - Dentistry

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Comparison of Current and Past Surgical Smoke Control Practices


Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, Laparoscopic, Laser, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Veterinary




This is the result of a survey conducted by the authors regarding various surgical smoke control practices throughout the United States. The results showed a variety of Local Exhaust Ventilation, Suction and respiratory protection measures.


AORN Journal


Ben E. Edwards, MS, CLSO, RRPT, CHP, CMLSO; Robert E. Reiman, MSPH, MD

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Evaluation of the Risk of Infection Through Exposure to Aerosols and Splatters in Dentistry






Many dental procedures produce extensive aerosols and spatters that are routinely contaminated with microorganisms. This study revealed contamination of both air and surfaces by blood particulate. Furthermore, with the exception of one sample, the sedimenting particulate when analyzed was positive for the presence of Hb (Hemoglobin).


Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology


Maria Luisa Cristina, PhD; Anna Maria Spagnolo, BScD; Marina Sartini, PhD; Maurizio Dallera, BScD; Gianluca Ottria, BScD; Roberto Lombardi, PhD; Fernanda Perdelli, PhD

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Pilot Study of Directional Airflow and Containment of Airborne Particles in the Size of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in an Operating Room



Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, OB/GYN, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Smoke




This pilot study clearly indicates that avoiding the use of freestanding HEPA filters inside an OR during a surgical procedure is prudent and consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.


American Journal of Infection Control, Vol 36, No 4


Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC

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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


Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Smoke




This study looked at the contents of surgical plume in the United Kingdom from plastic surgery centers. Their results revealed the equivalent mutagenicity and other hazards as smoking 27-30 cigarettes per day for OR staff. The contents of the plume were very similar to those of tobacco smoke and have the same disease causing capability.




D.S.Hill, J.K. O'Neill, R.J. Powell, D.W. Oliver

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Call to tackle toxic surgery smoke risk for doctors, nurses, patients



Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, Electrosurgery, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Smoke, Urology, Veterinary




Article discusses a surgeons concerns regarding exposure to surgical smoke in New Zealand Hospitals


John Weekes

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