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Back to Basics: Protection From Surgical Smoke

Back to Basics: Protection From Surgical Smoke

Surgical smoke is formed when energy‐generating devices (ie, electrosurgery units, lasers, powered instruments) raise the intracellular temperature of tissue to at least 100º C (212º F), causing tissue vaporization in the form of surgical smoke. Surgical smoke contains components that are known health hazards, such as benzene, toluene, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, viruses, and bacteria. There have been...

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