Clinical Impact of Surgical Smoke Evacuators: A Review of the Relevant Literature

The use of electrosurgery tools, laser ablation and ultrasonic scalpels during Operating Room (OR) procedures generate surgical smoke through thermal tissue destruction. Surgical smoke causes several health hazards to OR personnel depending on chemical composition of smoke, duration and type of procedure, type of tissue ablation and worker’s proximity to surgical field. In recent studies, surgical smoke has been reported to be carcinogenic, mutagenic and capable of carrying viable viruses, viable bacteria and cells. read more

UK - AfPP Smoke Guidelines

Surgical smoke is part of the patient-care environment wherever surgical and/or invasive procedures are done. It has been described as part of the chemical soup that is present during the care of perioperative patients. The air quality in operating rooms around the world has been a concern for over three decades read more

UK - COSHH Smoke Guidelines

Smoke from diathermy and lasers has been shown to contain low concentrations of toxic gases and vapours such as benzene, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, bioaerosols, dead and live cellular material (including blood fragments and viruses); these produce an unquantified infection risk. The smoke causes ocular and upper respiratory tract irritation, is highly obnoxious, and creates visual problems for the surgeon. read more

UK - MHRA Smoke Guidelines

A smoke plume may contain hair particles, viable cells, bacteria, viruses, prions and other deleterious matter. Numerous toxic and carcinogenic gases will be given off. Inhalation of the smoke plume may adversely affect staff and patients. read more

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