ating room, which has led to greater exposure
to surgical smoke plume generated by those devices. Thankfully, while the healthcare industry
has never been more aware of the potential consequences of surgical smoke, it also has never
been better equipped to deal with them.
“With a massive education campaign and
tools to help hospitals implement the procedure
necessary to obtain a ‘Surgical Smoke Free
Environment,’ there is now more awareness
of the hazards of surgical plume and how it
adversely impacts the OR staff,” states Lloyd.
“Today more hospitals have developed policies
that support a smoke-free environment, and we
However, there is some question as to how
surgical smoke evacuation products may evolve
in the coming years to become even more effec-
tive at protecting healthcare professionals in the
“I’ve never seen a study of how much of the
plume gets picked up and how much of it still
goes out in the room,” says Fleenor. “But I think
these suction systems are working relatively
well. What you are doing is reducing the odds
of something happening.”
The Pare Surgical President and CEO
adds that there is only one way to fully protect
against surgical smoke, but it is simply not a
viable solution for operating room personnel.
“To be 100-percent safe, they would
have to have a full body suit,” Fleenor says.
“Anything less than that is going to expose
their skin. And if you don’t have a respirator,
you are still going to get something coming
And according to Lloyd, surgical smoke
plume evacuation equipment is only one
component of the overall effort to provide a
safe operating room environment.
“We believe that educating key stakeholders
about the inherent risks and hazards associated from plume exposure, and how to most
effectively implement a program to manage these
hazards while controlling costs is also paramount,” she says. “With the implementation of
a successful smoke plume evacuation program
we believe that operating room personnel will
be protected from the hazards associated with
surgical smoke plume.”
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