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Back To Work - June 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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6 2 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 2 0 A wareness continues to develop around the negative health effects of surgical smoke, which contains harmful chemicals, car- cinogens, bacteria and viruses. Spending a full day working smoke-pro- ducing cases is said to be equivalent to inhaling more than a full pack of cigarettes. Still, many sur- gical teams throughout the country operate in ORs without smoke evac- uation. Two simultaneous efforts are well underway to make smoke evacu- ation mandatory in ORs across the country that collectively employ a carrot-and-stick approach. Nurses and other clinicians at facilities and health systems have launched grassroots efforts to evangelize, edu- cate and win organizational support for smoke evacuation. Meanwhile, in the interest of leveling the playing field, nurses and other stakeholders are working to pass local laws and regulations that Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor Stop Breathing in Surgical Smoke Join national grassroots efforts to keep pushing for evacuation in every OR. TIME TO RECONSIDER Some surgeons who had negative experiences with earlier versions of smoke evacuation pens might benefit from a fresh look at new systems.

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