500,000 +

Healthcare workers exposed annually in the US alone(6)

27 – 30

Cigarettes OR staff are exposed to daily(7)


The number of respiratory problems reported by perioperative nurses compared to the general population(8)

40 MPH (64 km/h)

is the rate of speed that smoke particles can travel and be evenly distributed throughout the O.R.(9)


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77% of particles in surgical smoke are not filtered out by standard surgical masks(1),(2).


Why is Surgical Smoke

So Hazardous?


Surgical smoke is a dangerous by-product generated from the use of lasers, electro-surgical pencils, ultrasonic devices, and other surgical energy-based devices. As these instruments cauterize vessels and destroy (vaporize) tissue, fluid, and blood, a gaseous material known as surgical smoke is created


What You’re Breathing In



150 Chemicals and 40 carcinogenic chemicals(3) 



Viable bacteria and virus(4)



Ultra-fine particles similar to coal dust(5)


Take the First Step in Going Smoke-Free


Taking your facility smoke-free may seem like an overwhelming project, but CONMED’s Clear the Air® program has the process down to a science. It is designed to 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.


CONMED’s Clear the Air® program is designed to help you meet your smoke evacuation goals. Now the best way to get started with that program is our first step, which is Education. The Clear the Air® CE Course on surgical smoke provides evidence-based insights on the hazards of surgical smoke and provides 2 contact hours to nurses and scrub techs.


Leaders in Surgical Smoke Management.

With the largest portfolio of surgical smoke management products on the market, CONMED has a solution for you!


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(3) Barrett WL, Garber SM. Surgical Smoke: A review of the literature. Is this just a lot of hot
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human immunodeficiency virus DNA in las smoke. Lasers Surg. Med., 11:197-203,
(6) Laser/Electrosurgery Plume, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA). March, 2017.
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operating theatre: a study to quantify exposure and a survey of the use of smoke extractor
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to Quantify Exposure and a Survey of the Use of Smoke Extractor Systems in UK Plastic
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