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77% of particles in surgical smoke are not filtered out by standard surgical masks.1,2

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Why is Surgical Smoke
So Hazardous?

Surgical smoke is a dangerous by-product generated from the use of lasers, electro-surgical 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.



50 Chemicals and 40 carcinogenic chemicals 3



Viable bacteria and virus 4



Ultra-fine particles similar to coal dust 5

The Impact of Surgical Smoke

500,000 +

Healthcare workers exposed annually in the US alone6

27 - 30

Cigarettes OR staff are exposed to dail 7



The number of respiratory problems reported by perioperative nurses compared to the general population 8


40 MPH

Is the rate of speed that smoke particles can travel and be evenly distributed throughout the O.R.9

Take the First Step in Going Smoke-Free

Taking your facility smoke-free may seem like an overwhelming project, but CONMED’s Clear the Air® program has the process down to a science. It is designed to ensure a seamless transition to a smoke-free operating room. Through this program, we offer a step-by-step process to help you achieve your smoke-free goals.

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“CONMED’s Clear the Air® program is designed to help you meet your smoke evacuation goals. Now the best way to get started with that program is our first step, which is Education. The Clear the Air® CE Course on surgical smoke provides evidence-based insights on the hazards of surgical smoke and provides 2 contact hours to nurses and scrub techs.

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How Has Surgical Smoke Impacted the Lives of Nurses around the Country

“I had not worked for about a month and then I went in [back into the OR] and was in high smoke producing cases all day long. 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."

“We knew that any heat generating device had a biproduct that was detrimental to our perioperative personnel, patients and our physicians in the operating room.”

"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... The research and evidence is out there, yet here we are every single day fighting an invisible enemy, without protection, without smoke evacuators."  

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With the largest portfolio of surgical smoke management products on the market, CONMED has a solution for you!


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