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you can connect. It also knows the ropes about how to get things accomplished in often bewildering government environ- ments. "You need to work with the right people in each leg- islative office," says Ms. Pennock. "People go out with good hearts and great enthusiasm, but it takes a lot of knowledge, understanding and experience to work within the system." AORN has teamed with state nursing associations, clinicians and other stakeholders to engage and educate legislators. As of May 2020, the effort has now borne fruit in 12 U.S. states, with two of those already passing laws, according to Ms. Pennock (see "Nationwide Lobbying Efforts Paying Off"). Making the right people aware of surgical smoke can open eyes and lead to action, because most laypeople have no idea it's an issue and usually are surprised to learn of it. "In Tennessee, a state senator came to the exhibit hall at 2019 AORN Expo, saw a demonstration on surgical smoke, and was really moved by it," says Ms. Pennock. "She wanted to sponsor legislation — and she's in leadership. You've got to run with those opportunities." OSM J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 6 9 HOOK IT UP Numerous facilities have smoke evacuation systems in place that aren't used.

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