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Year of the Nurse - November 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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and surgical team members. "Now we hear just a soft hum in the room — like white noise," says Ms. Turner. • Choose the correct filters. After staff and surgeons trialed smoke evacuators and began to use them during procedures, Ms. Turner continued her educational efforts to ensure the devices were being used properly. During the process, she discovered many facilities that have implemented smoke evacuation programs don't use the correct filters, a specifica- tion that was absent from the articles Ms. Turner had read. She now refers to the evacuators' instructions for use and makes sure surgical teams are aware of the importance of using the cor- rect filters. • Wear proper PPE. Another level of smoke protection, which Ms. Turner wasn't fully aware about before COVID-19, involves the proper level of mask protec- tion that should be used during smoke-producing cases. "I never made sure I wore the correct mask — I just made sure it fit well," she says. "But now I realize you always need to wear an ASTM level 3 mask." This level of protection is ideal for most smoke-producing cases, though Ms. Turner points out higher-grade surgical laser masks should be used for procedures that are expected to generate heavy amounts of plume. Momentum for change After training staff at her center on smoke evacuation, Ms. Turner traveled throughout eight facili- N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 3 3 Going Smoke-Free? Our program can help guide you every step of the way. Enroll in the Clear the Air ® program and partner with CONMED to maximize your effort and ensure a seamless transition to a smoke-free operating room. Through this program, we offer a step by step process to help you achieve your smoke-free goals. BUFFALO FILTER VisiClear ® Smoke Evacuator PlumePort ® ActiV ® Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration ensur moke-free ope Through this program, w by step process to help you oals. this p ocess to ree goa VisiClear ® Smoke h by st siClea h y step proc your smoke-fre PlumePen ® Smoke Evacuation Pencils Click Here to Learn More ©2020 CONMED Corporation, MC20192164 7/20

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