Bovid smoke and plume - page 2

by Adirondacknurse

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I just started in the OR, and am so excited! There is one problem, I didn't realize how bad the plume smoke would be. When I spent a day shadowing an OR nurse, there we're nothing but lap procedures, and there wasn't any. So I... Read More


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    Sorry for a lot of the typos, I was using my ipod and did cut and paste.
    Kristen38
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    Quote from Libitina
    Bovine = Cattle
    lmao...that's what I get for trying to be a smartass way too late at night.
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    Putting something on your mask to hide the smell does nothing. You are smelling toxic chemicals such as toluene, benzene, perchlorethylene and others, there are over 40 chemicals present in surgical plume. They are carcinogenic, mutagenic and neurotoxic. The symptom you are experiencing is from exposure to these chemicals. Please research surgical plume hazards online, feel free to contact me for more info.
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    Quote from ChristineAdrianaRN
    You roast pigs on a smoker in your OR? *giggle*

    As for me...I love the smell of cauterized flesh in the morning....

    No, but seriously, if the Bovie smoke is bad, I suction it away. I've had some doctors that don't like me poking my frasier in there, so in that case, I just...back away a little bit. That ****'s not good for you. I have never heard of a smoke evacuator.
    I think bovine = cow. Pig is porcine, isn't it? LOL
    Last edit by dianah on Jan 10
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    It's obvious what the answer to your problem is---- move to canada.

    I have never read anything or seen studies where bovie smoke is carcinogenic. The smoke from a bovie is no different from the smoke of a burger cooking on the grill, same process. There are papers and studies showing that laser flume can be a health risk and certain precautions need to be taken, such as laser filter masks and plume/smoke evacuator use. As far as masking the smell all the suggestions already given are great ones. Have used many of them over the years. Your hospital should have laser masks which have a higher filtration than the everyday masks used, ask to have one on those cases where there are a lot of smoke.
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    Quote from travelrn64
    It's obvious what the answer to your problem is---- move to canada. I have never read anything or seen studies where bovie smoke is carcinogenic. The smoke from a bovie is no different from the smoke of a burger cooking on the grill, same process. There are papers and studies showing that laser flume can be a health risk and certain precautions need to be taken, such as laser filter masks and plume/smoke evacuator use. As far as masking the smell all the suggestions already given are great ones. Have used many of them over the years. Your hospital should have laser masks which have a higher filtration than the everyday masks used, ask to have one on those cases where there are a lot of smoke.
    I don't agree with this. We were bovie-ing warts the other day from someone with HPV (no lasers) and I can guarantee you don't want to breath that stuff...NOT the same as breathing burger smoke!
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    travelrn64 There are hundreds of articles regarding the hazards of surgical plume. True, all smoke is hazardous but in addition to the over 400 chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic and mutagenic, and particulates, many as small as0.03 microns, surgical plume contains biological components such as live HPV , HBV, and HIV in the smoke. It also contains intact strands of viral and bacterial DNA as well as intact strands of Human DNA. There are documented cases of transfer of HBV from surgical smoke inhalation to the airway of surgeons and surgical staff leading to laryngeal condylomatosis. The chemicals contained in surgical smoke include but are not limited to Acrylonitrile- carcinogenic, Toluene- carcinogenic, carbonmonoxide, benzene- carcinogenic. the list goes on and on. There is a study that released in 2012 that was done in the UK that showed a daily average of surgical smoke was equivalent to 27-30 cigarettes a day. As for masks, the most high filtration masks, N95 , filter to .1 microns, viruses and nanoparticles in plume are as small as 0.03 microns and pass through the mask, and due to the small size, lodge in the alveoli and cannot be expired. The cumulative effect is the same as the cumulative effect of cigarettes. one probable won't hurt you but over years of exposure, we are seeing a different story. Please do some research and protect yourself.
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