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8 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 J ulie Greenhalgh, RN, BSN, CNOR, began her career in the OR in 1975. After 42 years of inhaling surgical smoke, her lungs couldn't take it anymore. She left the OR a couple years ago for the smoke-free sanctuary of office-based surgery (where there's no cautery). Gone are the con- stant upper respiratory infections and chronic bron- chitis she suffered. Gone are the 3 inhalers she needed daily to ease the shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing. Ms. Greenhalgh, 64, may have retired early from perioperative nurs- ing, but she left the OR a much better place. As past president of the Rhode Island chapter of AORN and now its government affairs liai- son, she helped lead the effort for Rhode Island to become the first state to pass legislation that requires all hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to use surgical smoke evacuation systems. The law took effect on New Year's Day. Facilities have 90 days from Jan. 1 to Smoke Forced Her Out of the OR — She Then Forced Smoke Out of the OR Rhode Island nurse pushed hard for mandatory smoke evacuation law. Julie Greenhalgh, RN, BSN, CNOR Mike Morsch | Associate Editor • IT'S THE LAW Julie Greenhalgh, RN, BSN, CNOR, (left) retired from the OR due to breathing problems, but not before helping Rhode Island pass a mandatory smoke evacuation law that went into effect Jan. 1.

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