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Smoke gets in your eyes, and other places during surgery

With the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) introducing Plume Scavenging (CSA Z305.13) to help eliminate toxic airborne contaminants, such as smoke, from operating rooms and other settings on March 18, it good to remember that while OSHA does not have a specific standard on similar hazards, there is advice for for U.S. healthcare facilities.

OSHA recommends on the Hospital eTool section on its Web site [1] that healthcare facilities use smoke evacuation gear to control surgical smoke, in conjunction with the following practices:

OSHA also has a safety page  laser laser and electrosurgery plume hazards [2].

Last year the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) ratified its “Statement on Surgical Smoke and Bio-Aerosols” [3] in which it recognized that exposure to surgical smoke and bioaerosols poses a hazard to patients and perioperative professionals in healthcare settings. These settings include operating rooms (OR), obstetrical surgical services, cardiac cath labs, emergency rooms, interventional radiology, endoscopy suites, clinics, and physician offices.

Finally Nurses Advocating Smoke-free Theatres Immediately [4] provides helpful advice on the subject.

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