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The Case for Concurrent Cases - November 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 I always consid- ered myself to be a health-con- scious person. I eat a plant-based organic diet, meditate in the morning and try to work out at least 5 times a week. However, when I became pregnant last spring, I started to realize I might not be as healthy as I thought. Every day I went to work I was inhaling smoke — not from cigarettes, but from surgical smoke in the operating room. Since I started my career as a perioperative nurse in 2012, I had been exposed to surgical plume from electrical surgical units and lasers every time I stepped into the OR. Surgical smoke is created by surgical instruments that cauterize or vaporize tissue, spreading toxins, carcinogens and vaporized tissue through the air. Like tobacco smoke, surgical smoke contains danger- My Personal Plea to Ban Surgical Smoke Don't wait for lawmakers to make your ORs smoke-free. Safety Janelle Casanave, RN • BREATH OF FRESH AIR "I was knowingly exposing my unborn child to toxins known to cause health risks," says Janelle Casanave, RN, with 11-month-old Scarlett Green. Janelle Casanave, RN

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