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effective because they pull at a lower rate and
are more adept at capturing liquids, as opposed
to gases or particulates.
Furthermore, the smoke evacuator or room
suction hose nozzle inlet needs to be kept
within two inches of the surgical site or it will
not effectively capture airborne contaminants.
Also, a high efficiency particulate air filter (or
something equivalent) is recommended for
trapping particulates. At the completion of
the procedure all tubing, filters, and absorbers
must be considered infectious waste and be
disposed of appropriately. New filters and tubing should be installed on the smoke evacuator
for each procedure.
The first smoke evacuators on the market did
not offer the level of performance many hospitals expect and receive from the technology
available today. Simply stated, they were loud,
cumbersome, and used multiple filters.
However, improvements have come with passing
time. Today, manufacturers offer units that are quieter, easier to use, and portable. While multi-stage
filters are used, they are often easier to change.
“Additionally, manufacturers have developed
accessories that increase efficiency in the operative theater, including remote activation and
pencil adapters,” says Dezso, adding that the
pencil adapters allow smoke evacuation to be at
the surgeon’s fingertips. As a result, she states,
no longer does an operating room nurse have
to hold the tube to allow the surgeon more freedom to operate on the patient.
The products today perform better, are easier
to use, and have more features. However, that
is not enough to satisfy hospitals. The product
needs to be a cost-effective and efficient means
for dealing with surgical smoke.
“For our customers, the most important
characteristics that allow for safe smoke evacuation are clinical effectiveness, efficiency, and
value,” says Sherri Lloyd, Product Marketing
Manager at Buffalo Filter, a provider of smoke
evacuation products. “Ultimately, our clients
are seeking to provide a safe surgical environment for their employees and patients, and
performance of all aspects of this system is