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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Staff & Patient Safety - October 2017

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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2 8 S U P P L E M E N T T O 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 C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 W hen we decided to do away with surgical smoke, our staff education efforts included graphic presentations about the harmful toxins in surgical smoke. We were told that in some cases facilities had seen the health of their employees improve almost immediately after they made smoke evacuation mandatory. I thought that last part was probably an exaggeration. But some time later, after we'd managed to go smoke-free for about a month and a half, one of our nurses approached me. She swore that her respiratory Let's Ban Surgical Smoke It's time to protect all surgical professionals from the harmful effects of toxic plumes. Jeff Belcher, BSN, RN, CSSM | Las Vegas, Nev. NO SMOKING Surgeons can be a tough sell, but they're more likely to support smoke-free initiatives if they understand the stakes. Todd Wilkinson, RN

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