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Staff & Patient Safety - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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professional protecting the lives of your patients, but with exposure to smoke, you're risking your own life every single day. What can you do to convince your staff and administration to install smoke evacuation systems? Perhaps our hard- won success story can give you some ideas. 1. Present the proof The science around surgical smoke is vir- tually irrefutable at this point: It's bad for everyone in the OR, and the more time people spend there, the more harmful it can be. The dangers of surgical smoke are well-documented in the litera- ture, and AORN has made a huge push to raise awareness and get legis- lation passed in statehouses across the country to mandate the use of smoke evacuation systems in ORs. Rhode Island and Colorado have passed such laws. Several more states are studying the issue, and AORN is throwing serious weight behind those efforts. Chances are, however, that smoke evacuation systems aren't mandatory in your state yet. Even worse, there might be many people at your facility who are dismissive of the idea, or who really don't fully understand the dangers of surgical smoke. Make smoke evacuation an evidence-based project. Be prepared with peer-reviewed research and a cost-benefit analysis. At the end of the day, though, this is about staff safety, which should be a high prior- ity. I myself didn't know how important smoke evacuation was until a vendor held an in-service years ago. 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 • END USERS Surgeons need to be convinced that evacuation systems won't interfere with their pre- ferred methods of operating.

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