Feature| Volume 19, ISSUE 5, P508-515, October 2021

Empowering Nurse Executives to Advocate for Surgical Smoke–Free Operating Rooms

Published:November 20, 2020DOI:
      Evacuating surgical smoke in the operating room protects patients and perioperative teams from the hazards associated with inhaling surgical smoke. States have passed bills mandating health care facilities and ambulatory surgery centers adopt policies to evacuate surgical smoke. We use a 5-step process for identifying options to reduce exposure to the harmful toxins found in surgical smoke and recommend executive nurse leaders collaborate with states and professional organizations to pursue smoke evacuation legislation. This strategy empowers executive nurse leaders and perioperative teams to work with professional organizations and state legislators to reduce exposure to the harmful health hazards associated from surgical smoke.
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      Rebecca Vortman, DNP, RN, CNOR, is clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois. She can be reached at [email protected] Janet Thorlton, PhD, MS, RN, is clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing in Champaign, Illinois.