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W hen William T. Bovie introduced cauterization to surgery 90 years ago, he empowered surgeons to make precise cuts and to seal tissue and blood ves- sels to rapidly clear the surgical field. The ability to cauterize also spawned an insidious byproduct: surgical smoke. Although it's easy to see and smell smoke, ridding the noxious, can- cerous plumes from our ORs has proven difficult. For years, we accept- ed inhaling surgical smoke as simply "part of the job." But today, because we're aware of the many inherent risks, we understand the sit- uation much differently. Awareness and understanding, however, are 7 8 • 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 7 Burning Question Burning Question are you committed to keeping your Ors free of surgical smoke? • NO SMOKING A surgical smoke-free facility could serve as a valuable recruitment and retention tool. Mary J. Ogg, MSn, rn, CnOr Denver, Colo.

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