Archive August 2007 VIII, No. 8

Making The Case For Smoke Evacuation

Educate your staff on the risks to reap a safer OR environment.

Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN


The mechanical evacuation of surgical smoke is still not a standard practice in many ORs, even though it poses a similar hazard as secondhand cigarette smoke. Here's a look at the risks of surgical smoke and some compelling reasons to make smoke evacuation routine.

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