There are dangers in  
Surgical Smoke Plume

Together, we can help eliminate them.

What is Surgical Smoke?
Surgical smoke is a dangerous by-product generated from the use of lasers, electro-surgical pencils, ultrasonic devices, and other surgical energy based devices. As these instruments cauterize vessels and destroy (vaporize) tissue, fluid, and blood, a gaseous material known as surgical smoke is created.

Ultra-fine particulates similar to coal dust1

Viable bacteria and viruses5

40 carcinogenic chemicals similar to cigarette smoke

What is the Impact?

+

Healthcare workers exposed annually in the US alone2

27 - 30

Cigarettes OR staff
are exposed to daily
3

2x

The number of respiratory problems reported by perioperative nurses compared to the general population4

1Baggish, M.S., Polesz, B.J., Joret, D., Williamsson, P. and Refai,A. (1991), Presence of human immunodeficiency virus DNA in las smoke. Lasers Surg. Med., 11:197-203, doi:10.1002/lsm.1900110302.
2Alp, E., Bijl, D., Bleichodt, R.P., Hansson, B., Voss, A. “Surgical Smoke and Infection Control.” Journal of Hospital Infection (2006); 62, 1-5.
3Hill, D.S. et. Al., (2012). Surgical Smoke- A health hazard in the operating theatre. A study to quantify exposure and a survey of smoke extractor systems in UK plastic surgery units. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery. doi:10.1016/j. bjps.2012.02.012.
4https://aornjournal.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/18780369/92/2.
5Hallmo P, Naess O. Laryngeal papillomatosis with human papillomavirus DNA contracted by a laser surgeon. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 1991;248(7):425-

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There are
dangers in
Surgical

Smoke
Plume

Together, we can
help eliminate them.

What is Surgical Smoke?
Surgical smoke is a dangerous by-product generated from the use of lasers, electro-surgical pencils, ultrasonic devices, and other surgical energy based devices. As these instruments cauterize vessels and destroy (vaporize) tissue, fluid, and blood, a gaseous material known as surgical smoke is created.

Healthcare workers exposed annually in the US alone2

The number of respiratory
problems reported by
perioperative nurses
compared to the general
population
4

2x

2x

Cigarettes OR staff
are exposed to daily
3

What is the Impact?

2x

27 - 30

Want to Continue Your Surgical Smoke Education? 

CONMED I Buffalo Filter is committed to providing you with the most comprehensive surgical smoke plume related educational materials. The CON MED website hosts a resourceful library of research articles, studies, and editorial work discussing the hazards of surgical smoke plume.

• On-site and/or on-line staff education programs
• Support with developing a smoke evacuation protocol
• No-charge evaluation product
• Capital acquisition through rental or committed disposable    purchase programs

Join some of the most prestigious organizations in becoming smoke-free by partnering with CONMED | Buffalo Filter on a customized Clear the Air® program. 

CONMED | Buffalo Filter makes implementing smoke evacuation programs easier with these services:

CLEAR
AIR

the

®

CONMED offers a
full line of smoke evacuation solutions

LaparoscopicPencilsSmoke Evacuation

LAPAROSCOPIC

PENCILS

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Investors
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