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aren't waiting for a legislated solu- tion. "Maybe removing plume one day will become the law of the land. We can all hope that happens," she says. "Meanwhile, we're still inhal- ing surgical smoke. By the time a law passes, we'll all be retired or maybe have some sort of respirato- ry illness. In the meantime, every surgical facility can start a grass- roots effort." Ms. Fournier is dedicated to the cause, determined to see the day when surgeons use smoke-elimi- nating devices and she can breathe in the clear air of the OR. She's even dreamt of doing something dramatic to drive home the point to surgeons who ignore the risk of working in a hazardous environ- ment full of toxic smoke. What if, she wonders, all the techs and nurses walked into the OR where a surgeon was cauterizing and coughed up a storm? "That might not go over too well," she says, "but nothing else has worked." OSM 6 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 • A P R I L 2 0 1 8 Hopes are high that smoke evacuation will one day become the law of the land, according to the 268 respondents of our recent online poll. Will smoke evacuation ever be the law of the land? yes ................................ 82% no .................................. 18% Mandatory Smoke Evacuation? InstaPoll O S M

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