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1 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 • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 S urgical professionals constantly focus on protecting patients from harm, but what about their own well-being? One danger those of us working in the OR regularly face is surgical smoke. In order to make our staff more aware of the risks and potential effects of constant exposure, we printed pho- tos of various smoke-related symptoms — coughing or eye irrita- tion — and placed them around high-traffic areas in the surgical department. Below the photos, we noted smoke as a potential cause. I've heard nurses who see the photos say to one another, "Hey, I've been coughing. Did you see surgical smoke could be causing it?" It makes our staff more aware of the risks involved in plume-producing cases and encourages them to use smoke evacuators to protect themselves from harm. Joann Ruff, BSN, CNOR Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital SEEING IS BELIEVING Pictures Are Worth a Thousand Warnings Garfield Heights, Ohio jruff@ccf.org • RAISE AWARENESS Place images of smoke-related symptoms around your staff's most frequent stops to make them more aware of the risks they face in the OR. Joann Ruff, BSN, CNOR Ideas Work That

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