Surgical Smoke Legislation Continues
July 13, 2022
In case you missed it…
Nine states are now surgical smoke free!
Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington have all joined the race to a safer environment for the surgical staff.
Additionally, surgical smoke bills have been proposed in New York, New Jersey, Utah, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Did you know?
The average daily impact of surgical smoke to the OR team is equivalent to inhaling the smoke of 27-30 unfiltered cigarettes!1
During surgical procedures, smoke is produced when energy generating devices such as lasers or electrosurgical units also known as cautery are used to stop bleeding or incise tissue. The energy generating devices raise the intracellular temperature to boiling (i.e., 100° C /212° F). At these high temperatures, the tissue vaporizes producing surgical smoke.2
How can I protect my staff?
The Pall Laparoshield® Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System has been designed to remove viruses, bacteria, particles, and volatile chemicals with high efficiency and is an easy to implement barrier to contamination originating from surgical smoke.
2. CDC (2020). Surgical Smoke Inhalation: Dangerous Consequences for the Surgical Team [Online]. Available at: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2020/06/18/surgical-smoke/#:~:text=At%20high%20concentrations%20the%20smoke,rooms%20across%20the%20United%20States (Accessed: 16 April 2021)
Thank you for your interest. We will be in touch soon.
Lisa Bellidoro, Global Marketing Manager – Breathing & Cell Therapy
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