Surgical Smoke Plume Article Library - Drills


Title Category Publication Date Description Publication Author

 

Biosafety Considerations for Autopsy

 

Drills, Reamers, Saws

 

4/1/2002

 

An autopsy may subject prosecutors and others to a wide variety of infectious agents, including blood borne and aerosolized pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Other hazards include toxic chemicals (e.g., formalin, cyanide, and organophosphates) and radiation from radionuclides used for patient therapy and diagnosis. These risks can be substantially mitigated through proper assessment, personal protective equipment, appropriate autopsy procedures, and facility design.

 

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Vol 23, No 2

 

Kurt B. Nolte, MD; David G. Taylor, PhD; Jonathan Y. Richmond, PhD

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Chemical Composition of Smoke Produced by High-frequency Electrosurgery

 

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

 

7/1/2007

 

This study demonstrated the presence of irritant, carcinogenic and neurotoxic compounds in electrosurgical smoke such as toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. This may have considerable implications for the health and safety of all involved in surgical practice, as exposure to these compounds pose potential risks to health.

 

Irish Journal of Medical Science

 

O.S. Al Sahaf; I.Vega-Carrascal; F.O. Cunningham; J.P. MCGrath; F.J. Bloomfield

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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

 

3/1/2012

 

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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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

 

5/1/2008

 

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

 

1/1/2012

 

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.

 

Elsevier

 

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, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, OB/GYN, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Veterinary

 

5/29/2016

 

Surgeons, nurses and patients are being exposed to toxic surgical smoke from burnt body parts, and health staff want new safety measures to combat the risks in New Zealand hospitals.

 

Stuff.co.nz

 

John Weekes

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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

 

7/1/2017

 

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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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

 

5/29/2016

 

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

 

Stuff.co.nz

 

John Weekes

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