What Do Surgeons and Nurses Say About Surgical Smoke Plume

June 11, 2021

What Do Surgeons and Nurses Say About Surgical Smoke Plume

Surgical smoke plume is the by-product produced by electrosurgery, and other surgical techniques. As recent studies have shown surgical plumes to be a health threat to those in the operating room, it has become a growing concern. Surgical smoke plumes have been shown to carry some pretty hazardous, sometimes carcinogenic particles that surgical masks and PPE are unable to protect against.

Why You Need To Implement a Surgical Smoke Evacuation Program Now

Meet New Standard Requirements for Hospitals and ASCs

Unless you are one of the thousands of perioperative professionals struggling with respiratory illness, surgical smoke may not be on your radar. But with growing concern, smoke plume has recently become subject to oversight from government agencies.

Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) can expect more scrutiny of their surgical smoke policies and procedures in future audits. Some states, notably Colorado and Rhode Island, have even stricter smoke plume guidelines than the Joint Commission.

To meet the requirements of these new standards, hospitals and ASCs must equip every operating room with a surgical smoke evacuation system and related equipment.

Improve Operating Room Standards for the Health of Your Staff

Surgeons, OR Nurses, surgical techs, anesthesiologists, and other members of the operating room staff are exposed to the toxic hazards of surgical smoke plumes on a regular basis. OR nurses experience respiratory illness and infection at a rate twice as high as the national average. Still, more than 90% of respondents in a CDC study indicated that surgical masks were the only form of surgical smoke hazard prevention used in the OR, which is insufficient to protect against respiratory illness.

What Do Surgical Professionals Say About Plume?

“Just think, 40 hours a week for 20 years. That’s a lot of plume.”

When we put out an ad for our Saf-T-Vac Smoke and Fluid Evacuator Device, we got a whole range of comments from sarcastic and gross, to emotional and empathetic. There are surgical professionals who believe that a surgical plume evacuation system in the operating room would be a waste of time and just too difficult. And then there are others, who have experienced the negative effects of surgical plume and are now speaking up.

“I’m still waiting on scentsy to have a fragrance named “bovie.””

“Ahh… the fresh aroma of burned flesh!!”

“People joke, but it’s a real issue and I hope we find a solution because it does cause issues for a percentage. Grateful the percentage isn’t large, but still. Medical practice is always improving so any measure to improve our safety as well is appreciated.”

“Just think, 40 hours a week for 20 years. That’s a lot of plume.”

“When all of us are dead from plume related cancer this thread will be kinda akward.”

“Y’all are messed up. I knew a doctor who died of breast cancer type cells in his lungs.”

See the post with the comments here:

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