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Smoke Plume Articles

  • Addressing The Dangers Of ESU Laser Plume In The ER

    Addressing The Dangers Of ESU Laser Plume In The ER Surgical smoke plume and laser plume are byproducts that are created when tissue and cells are vaporized during electrosurgical and laser procedures. While these methods provide immeasurable benefi t for the patients they treat, they and the healthcare workers (HCWs) who perform and facilitate the procedures in the operating room (OR) face possible risks to their own health from the smoke itself. Read More
  • Analysis Of Surgical Smoke And Effect Laproscopic Visibility

    Analysis Of Surgical Smoke And Effect Laproscopic Visibility During the Surgical Application of energybased technologies, there is a well-recognized production of "smoke" that can impede surgical progress. The confined spaces associated with laparoscopic procedures have made smoke production a more significant problem. The aerosolized particles can impair visibility by settling on the lens of the laparoscope or by remaining in suspension between the laparoscopic and the surgical objective. Read More
  • Bovie Smoke - A Perilous Plume

    Bovie Smoke - A Perilous Plume When analyzed, smoke from electrosurgical units, commonly known as Bovie smoke, is shown to be quite similar to that of other potentially pathogenic smoke, behaving as a carcinogen, a mutagen and an infectious vector. In addition, particulate matter in smoke is known to have health risks related to inducing inflammatory and allergic responses in susceptible people. Read More
  • Dissemination Of Melanoma Cells Within Electrocautery Plume

    Dissemination Of Melanoma Cells Within Electrocautery Plume The observed occurrence of port site recurrence in laparoscopic surgery for malignant disease has stimulated interest in the dissemination of tumor cells during surgery. Study of electrocautery smoke has revealed the presence of large particles and viable viruses. The purpose of this study was to determine if viable malignant cells are present in suspension within the electrocautery plume. Read More
  • Dont Be A Victim Of Surgical Smoke

    Dont Be A Victim Of Surgical Smoke If you saw a low-lying cloud that was labeled clearly with its contents, and the label contained the words benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, methane, phenol, styrene, and toluene, would you go out of your way to walk through that cloud and inhale those toxic chemicals? Of course not. But you expose yourself to these same toxic chemicals each time you participate in a surgical procedure in which smoke from tissue interaction with an electrosurgical device or laser is not evacuated. Read More
  • Microbiologic Activity In Laser Resurfacing Plume And Debris

    Microbiologic Activity In Laser Resurfacing Plume And Debris With the performance of CO2 laser resurfacing in venues such as television studios, concerns have arisen in the plastic surgical community about appropriate safety precautions being taken. The literature supports the presence of viable tumor cells and intact viral DNA and proviral human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-DNA within the laser plume during laser ablation procedures utilizing continuous-wave lasers. Furthermore, inspired laser vapor by-products have been demonstrated to cause anatomically identifiable lesions in animals. Read More
  • No Smoking In The ER

    No Smoking In The ER Nasty. There's no other way to describe the awful stench of surgical smoke. Eau de Seared Flesh. And they're yet to invent the mask that can protect you from those noxious plumes. The harm to your lungs? One study likened the smoke from burning one gram of tissue to smoking three cigarettes. Uhh, no thanks. We're trying to cut back. Read More
  • OSHA Aligns With The Joint Commission On Accreditation

    OSHA Aligns With The Joint Commission On Accreditation The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) to educate the health care community on safety and health issues for healthcare workers. Read More
  • Pilot Study Of Directional Airflow And Containment Of Airborne Particles

    Pilot Study Of Directional Airflow And Containment Of Airborne Particles Containment of airborne microorganisims to prevent transmission in a positively pressured operating room is challenging. Occupational transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to perioperative personnel has occurred, but protection of the surgical site is of equal importance. HEPA filters can mitigate occupational exposure and improve air quality. Read More
  • Reducing The Danger Of Surgical Smoke Exposure To Health Care Workers

    Reducing The Danger Of Surgical Smoke Exposure To Health Care Workers Although more and more states are adopting smoking restrictions in workplaces, restaurants, and bars to protect people from the dangers of second-hand cigarette smoke, health care workers continue to be exposed to similar dangers every day in the form of surgical smoke. During surgical procedures that use a laser or electrosurgical unit, the thermal destruction of tissue creates a smoke byproduct. According to the NIOSH research studies have confirmed that this smoke plume can contain toxic gases and vapors such as benzene, hydrogen cyanide, and formaldehyde; bioaerosols; dead and live cellular material (including blood fragments); and viruses. Read More
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