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Helping Hand - July 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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their experience matters. It's always helpful to have those personal stories to share with legislators — especially those tug-at-your-heart- string stories." What more can you do to pave the way for legislation? Familiarize yourself with the known dangers of inhaling surgical smoke. Identify a legislator who'd be a good sponsor. "The more grassroots advocates we have, the less that we'll need to do on our end so we can best use our resources and time," says Ms. Pennock. Invite a legislator to an informational meeting at your facility to talk about surgical smoke."You don't want to introduce a bill and introduce yourself at the same time," says Ms. Pennock. Legislative approach AORN's legislative approach is not complicated by design. The bills simply require hospitals and ASCs to adopt a policy requiring surgical smoke evacuation in those procedures likely to generate surgical 5 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 1 9 Join the Mandatory Surgical Smoke Evacuation Movement One facility at a time, one state at a time, the battle for smoke- free ORs is being fought at the local level. Get an update on mandatory smoke evacuation legislation from AORN's senior manager of government affairs — and hear from OR leaders just like you who've taken matters into thier own hands by lobbying their state lawmakers and their surgeons. This informative and inspirational session will show you what you can do to fight one of the largest unaddressed health hazards facing OR staff today. Jennifer Pennock, AORN Government Affairs Melony Prince, BSN, RN, CNOR, Littleton (Colo.) Adventist Hospital Janelle Casanave, RN, Kaiser Permanente, San Jose, Calif. Thursday, Oct. 3

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