consequences of smoke exposure. Providing
testimonials from staff members who have
developed respiratory problems from years of
smoke inhalation in surgery can have a very
powerful effect on others.
5. Convince surgeons to use smoke evacuation
by providing the research to justify the use of
smoke evacuation practices. Also recognizing
a physician for being compliant with smoke
evacuation guidelines can be very gratifying to
6. Help make the use of smoke evacuation devices
and supplies an easy and seamless practice.
Allow sales representatives to educate and train
staff members until surgeons and staff members
feel confident in their abilities and skill levels.
7. Encourage everyone in the OR to participate
in the evaluation of smoke products. Document
their responses, preferences, and rationale
for acquiring specific devices and tally the
results to determine the most popular devices.
Standardization should be a common theme when
purchasing smoke evacuation devices. This helps
to ensure familiarization of products which, in turn,
8. Recognize the success of implementing a smoke
evacuation program in a hospital or department
9. Gain leadership support through education,
testimonials, and peer pressure to realize the far-reaching positive effects of a smoke-free OR.
10. Post signs to reflect hazards of surgical smoke
to remind staff and physicians about the negative
consequences of smoke inhalation.
11. Incorporate competencies for smoke evacuation
whenever “skills days” are planned.
12. Make the implementation of smoke evacuation
fun. For example, challenge the staff members by
having a contest to encourage the use of smoke
13. Actively address the identified barriers preventing
14. Select a “start date” to become totally smoke free
and advertise this date to all staff members and
physicians. Everyone can then work towards that
How To Create A Smoke-Free Surgical
Environment From The Top Down
If the decision is made to initiate smoke-free OR
policies from the top down, strong leadership is
required. Leaders are designated as the agents of
change and must remain knowledgeable and current
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