Monday, August 28, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

1 CE Credit

  Donna Watson, RN  Medtronic

Donna Watson, RN Medtronic

Although the long-term effects for health care workers exposed to surgical smoke remains unknown, there is a need to be proactive and prevent any potential harm. Engineering controls and personal protective equipment should be used to protect all staff and patients from exposure to smoke byproducts. A critical step in minimizing exposure is to increase awareness of the environmental hazards related to surgical smoke and aerosols produced during operative and invasive procedures.

This course will describe essentials for developing, implementing, and auditing a smoke evacuation program. Setting up a smoke evacuation program requires dedication from key stakeholders to implement team strategies that work toward reducing and eliminating surgical smoke to create a sustainable program.