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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2014

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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6 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 W ould you let your surgeons and staff light up a cigarette in the middle of a procedure? Didn't think so. But surgical smoke is just as harmful, with research showing that ablat- ing 1 g of tissue is equivalent to smoking 3 to 6 unfiltered cigarettes. It's time to kick the surgical smoking habit by testing your knowledge of the dangers that lurk in the OR air. Surgical smoke and aerosols are created by the use of ______. a. lasers c. electrosurgery b. ultrasonic devices d. all of the above S U R G I C A L S M O K E How Dangerous Is Surgical Smoke? The foul-smelling plume can cause long-term harm to staff and surgeons. Brenda Ulmer, RN, MN, CNOR | Snellville, Ga. BREAK THE HABIT Surgical smoke is as harmful to your health as smoking cigarettes.

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