Archive Employee & Patient Safety 2012

Seamlessly Integrating Surgical Smoke Evacuation

How to get surgeons and OR staff to embrace evacuation, to everyone's benefit.

Stephanie Wasek, Features Editor

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Protection from plume PROTECTION FROM PLUME Surgical smoke puts surgical team members and anesthesia providers at risk for respiratory issues and possible cross-contamination.

On his first day back at Bellona Surgery Center in Towson, Md., from a month-long vacation, Medical Director Michael Cohen, MD, complained of a sore throat and rattle in his chest. "So Dr. Cohen and I asked the obvious question: 'What's changed in the last day?'" says Barbara Getlan, the center's administrator and director of nursing. "A light bulb went on — it was the smoke in the OR."

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