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Difficult Airways - April 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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T here was nothing magic about the way we began to clear the air in our ORs. Yes, there was smoke, and yes, there were mirrors — to get started, we took a good long look at ourselves and our knowledge base — but ultimately, it was education and information, not sleight of hand, that began to make the difference. Our initiative is ongoing, but we've made some significant progress in protecting the health of our OR teams and patients. Here's how. 1. We studied the issue. The team we put together to address surgical smoke included an OR manager, our educator, two other clinical nurs- es and me. We wanted the initiative to be evidence-based, so the first 6 8 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 O N L I N E | A P R I L 2 0 1 5 Where There's Smoke … There's Progress We're using education to help clear the air in our ORs. S.L. Chavis, RN, CNOR Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN z SILENT DANGER Many microorganisms can survive electrosurgery and end up in the lungs of OR staff.

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