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Can surgical smoke evacuation reduce SSIs?

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are one of the main sources of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which is a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., according to HealthPeople.gov. While multiple causes of SSIs have been identified, one key source of wound contamination is surgical smoke, which can […]

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Surgical Smoke: What’s the Risk to OR Staff? 


Smoke from electrosurgical units, commonly known as surgical smoke or plume, is a carcinogen that contains toxic chemicals, viable bacteria, viruses and mutagenic substances. These carcinogens, mutagens and infectious vectors pose a potential risk to the health of operating room staff as well as patients. Indeed, a […]

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Diathermy Plume

The potential risks associated with diathermy plume (DP) are not fully understood, but researchers recommend that action should be taken to prevent inhaling it. 
What is diathermy plume? Diathermy plume is smoke generated by electro surgery. It is a by-product of the cauterization and coagulation of human […]

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