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Backbreaker - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2019

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6 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 9 I f you've worked in an OR, you know the horror stories about sur- gical smoke. It could be the surgeon who never touched a cig- arette suddenly develop- ing lung cancer, the nurse who can't seem to stop coughing or the OR tech diagnosed with asthma in adulthood. We've known about the dangers of surgical smoke for decades. Last year, in our home state of Rhode Island, we decided to do something about it. In June, the nation's smallest state made a bit of history when we passed the first law making smoke evacuation mandatory. Starting this month, all the hospitals and surgery centers in our state need to have policies on the books to protect their work- ers from the chemicals, carcinogens, viruses and bacteria that come Fired Up Over Mandatory Smoke Evacuation Laws Will more states require the use of surgical plume evacuation systems? Donna Policastro, RNP, and Julie Greenhalgh, RN, BSN, CNOR • CLEAN AIR Raising awareness of the dangers of surgical smoke — and the ease with which it can be evacuated — is critical to lobbying for mandatory smoke evacuation legislation. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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