Surgical smoke is a danger to the operating room staff, surgeons and patients. Surgical smoke arises from the cauterization of tissues in the operative field. The surgical smoke plume contains a number of chemicals and potentially carcinogenic materials, putting the immediate surgical staff at risk. This section will provide resources for the identification of procedures generating surgical smoke, the potential impact of inhalation of surgical smoke and the evidence-based recommendations for reducing surgical smoke in the OR.
O.R. Safety Series