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Creative Ways to Save Money in the OR - May 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 6 E ven if a surgical team understands the hazards of surgical plume and even if a facil- ity owns effective smoke evacuation technology, the equipment won't get used if it's not set up in the OR. Taking steps to make it readily available before a case, howev- er, can help to encourage compliance with smoke safety protocols. Make sure that your physi- cians' preference cards for cases that use electrosurgery or laser devices include smoke evacu- ators among the list of necessary equipment. And for those cases that use procedure packs, arrange for smoke evacuator filters, tubing and other non-sterile disposable supplies to be added to their contents. Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN Otterbein University Make Smoke Evacuation Second Nature • A STEP TO SAFETY If smoke evacuation is on hand, it's more likely to be used. Westerville, Ohio kayball@aol.com

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