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smoke evacuator systems. A clear winner emerged, but it would cost $119,000 to outfit each of its 12 ORs. Monique Holzer, MS, RN, the director of surgical services, reworked the budget, making smoke evacuators a priority over the purchase of some other items. The hospital went live with smoke evacuation systems on May 2. It also purchased specialized filters to minimize patients' absorption of carbon monoxide and toxic chemi- cals from surgical smoke produced during laparoscopic procedures. "Staff are much happier now that they work in a smoke-free envi- ronment," says Ms. Kording. "Our pre-op and PACU areas are free of smoke as well. The noxious smell no longer wafts down the hallway and throughout the department. The staff and patients at Northwest Hospital are now breathing easier." OSM S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 5

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