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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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them at shorter-term exposure to the byproducts of surgical ener- gies in comparison to full-time OR personnel, and as a result it may limit their experience with its effects. As everyone knows, physicians are data-driven. So be sure to search the medical literature for the lat- est findings on the contents and dangers of smoke before making a case to justify the purchase and use of evacuation technology to them. There's always new information out there, and the evidence base is continually growing. An awareness of smoke's impact on occupational health is also instrumental in helping physicians understand the need for safer prac- tices, but here we encounter a challenge. While there's no shortage of anecdotal evidence from nurses in the field — people who've left jobs, require asthma medications or other situations due to prolonged exposure to smoke — we don't have research confirming a cause-and- effect relationship. We inhale smoke, we suffer respiratory ailments, but spread out over time it's difficult to establish a connection, as we have with cigarette smoking. Without a randomized control study, there's no scientific certainty. On the day-to-day level, perhaps the biggest obstacle to consistent compliance with a smoke evacuation protocol is the front line staff not speaking up when they should be. Even if they know the hazards that smoke poses, they may tolerate the unpleasantness because they feel powerless against the surgeon who is running the room. But they need to be able to say, "I don't want to breathe the smoke. It may not bother you, but we're at risk here." Give your employees the power to put protection into practice. OSM A P R I L 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 5 • SUCTION ACTION Equip every OR in which smoke is generated with evacua- tion technology, and make sure it gets used.

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