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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000366057.14229.6d
Feature Articles

Cultivating Quality: Implementing Surgical Smoke Evacuation in the Operating Room

Waddell, Ashley W.G. MS, RN, CNOR

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Abstract

Overview: Inspired by a presentation at an educational conference, two operating room (OR) nurses at Children's Hospital Boston raised concerns at the hospital's perioperative evidence-based practice committee meeting about the potential hazards associated with exposure to surgical smoke and aerosols. The nurses initiated a safety project involving the use of smoke evacuation devices in ORs. The subsequent policy development took two years and involved a literature review, a survey of other institutions, and the support of numerous stakeholders. A utilization review and supportive educational initiatives are ongoing.

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