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Is surgical smoke dangerous? Let’s look at the facts

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, noted American statesman and scholar, once famously said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”   In our industry, there are those who contend that existing research doesn’t support claims about the dangers of inhaling surgical plume. Some go

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Safety is by Design at I.C. Medical Company

All I.C. Medical (ICM) equipment and accessories are designed with safety as a focal point. Beyond the essential function of removing surgical smoke and the toxic substances it harbors, the Crystal Vision smoke evacuator’s signature safety attribute is that it provides the surgeon with a “crystal vision.”

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Earn Continuing Education credits online – for FREE!

  Beginning June 1, 2017, I.C. Medical will offer an opportunity for nurses and allied health professionals to earn two continuing education credits through Pfiedler Enterprises by accessing a free educational study guide on the topic of surgical smoke evacuation. A link to the program will be

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Be sure to visit I.C. Medical’s Booth #1441 at the AORN Trade Show, April 2 – 4, 2017, Boston, MA

  There are lots of good reasons to attend the AORN annual trade show this April in Boston. For starters, it is a chance to gain knowledge and exposure to the latest industry trends, products and resources. The trade show offers many opportunities to participate in informational

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The Crystal Vision Delivers Long-term ROI

Knowledgeable procurement professionals and savvy consumers know that taking a long view with investments, capital expenditures and returns is the prudent way to realize a value promise. In the health care context, a short-term approach can have serious consequences on an organization’s reputation, operational excellence, the well-being

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Surgical Smoke Evacuation Technology Has Come of Age: CFM vs. Capture Velocity

The harmful effects of surgical smoke (plume) on patients, surgeons, nurses and OR staff is well documented and has become a matter of growing concern within the healthcare community. Fortunately, advances in surgical smoke evacuation technology have brought about significant progress in reducing the dangers of exposure

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Why does I.C. Medical’s in-house production matter?

I.C. Medical maintains total in-house control over its design, engineering and production processes, including the sourcing of components, precision manufacturing procedures, testing and packaging. Why does this matter? U.S. manufacturers have learned that outsourcing to low-labor-cost countries, such as China, Mexico, India, Vietnam and others, is a

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Measuring, Monitoring and Setting Standards for OR Air Quality

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to maintain “an environment that is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” Poor air quality is recognized as a critical environmental health hazard both indoors and

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Why don’t surgeons and OR staff protect themselves from plume?

A recent study conducted at the Training and Research Hospital in Izmir, Turkey found that while doctors and nurses were mostly aware that their ORs lacked smoke evacuation systems (69.1%), they did not take effective personal safety precautions and rarely used special filtration masks. This startling finding

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The Compliance Conundrum

It is well known that surgical smoke can contain toxic gases and vapors such as hydrogen cyanide, benzene, and formaldehyde, as well as living and dead cellular material (including blood particles), and viruses. At high concentrations, surgical plume causes upper respiratory tract irritation in OR staff and

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