Chemical Composition of Smoke Produced by High-frequency Electrosurgery
Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume,
This study demonstrated the presence of irritant, carcinogenic and neurotoxic compounds in electrosurgical smoke
such as toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. This may have considerable implications for the health and safety of all
involved in surgical practice, as exposure to these compounds pose potential risks to health.
Irish Journal of Medical Science
O.S. Al Sahaf; I.Vega-Carrascal; F.O. Cunningham; J.P. MCGrath; F.J. Bloomfield
Surgical Smoke a Health Hazard in the Operating Theatre: A study to quantify exposure and a
survey of the use of smoke extractor systems in UK plastic surgery units
Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dentistry, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser,
Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Smoke
This study looked at the contents of surgical plume in the United Kingdom from plastic surgery centers.
Their results revealed the equivalent mutagenicity and other hazards as smoking 27-30
cigarettes per day for OR staff. The contents of the plume were very similar to those of tobacco
smoke and have the same disease causing capability.
D.S.Hill, J.K. O'Neill, R.J. Powell, D.W. Oliver
Health Risk Assessment of VOCs from Surgical Smoke
Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dermatology, Drills, Electrosurgery, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Smoke, Urology, Veterinary
The authors conduct a health risk analysis based on exposure to surgical smoke and length of exposure. They found an increased risk of cancer based on the quantity of benzene and formaldehyde found in surgical smoke. They recommend the use of a high flow vacuum device to remove surgical smoke at the source as a means of protection
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Shaohua She, Gang Lu, Wah Yang, Mianwei Hong, and Lingfei Zhu
New paper just through from Japan using AER Defense!!!!!!!!!!
Results: The average total volatile organic compound concentration in the operating room was significantly lower when the evacuation system was used compared with when it was not used. The findings were similar for formaldehyde concentration. Multiple regression analysis for healthcare professionals’ personal exposure levels showed that the evacuation system was a factor that significantly impacted their formaldehyde and acetaldehyde personal exposure levels, which were greatly reduced by the use of the system Download to this paper. Prospective randomized study evaluating the usefulness of a surgical smoke evacuation system in operating rooms for breast surgery
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