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Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 3 0 Smoke Evacuators Today's innovative devices evacuate surgical smoke right at the source. Y our employees' lungs should not be your standard method of fil- tering surgical smoke out of the OR. But even though the immediate unpleasantness and long-term consequences of inhaling plume are well known, many nurses still have to justify the need for smoke evacuators to their facilities' decision makers. If you're seeking to implement safer surgical practices, the following factors might help you make a compelling case for invest- ment in smoke-free ORs. • Economics of the effort. Bottom line: purchasing smoke evacuators is less expensive than hiring and training new FTEs. A workplace safety hazard cascades into staffing issues when surgical personnel suffer smoke-related health problems and administrators are forced to fill in the blanks. Counter physicians' objections to the equipment with edu- cation on smoke's impact on those exposed to it all day. • A cost-effective deal. In addition to the equipment's initial cost, remem- ber to budget for the continuing expense of its filters, tubing and other disposable supplies. Some manufacturers may offer deals in which the evacuator is free with a contract to purchase its supplies. Purchasing the supplies non-sterile, as a component of procedure packs for cases that generate smoke, may also be possible. 1 3 0 • 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 6 THINKING OF BUYING … Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN • SMOKE-FREE The latest smoke evacuation devices are affordable, quiet and effective.

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