Do you use smoke filtering bovie pencils?

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    With all the literature out there supporting how toxic bovine smoke is I would love to see these implemented in our OR. Certain surgeons and staff are not the best at using smoke evacuators, and I feel the pencils would be great because the evacuator is already built in. Thoughts? Advice? Thanks all!
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    Many of the surgeons I have worked with hate them because of the added bulk the plastic smoke evacuator piece makes the hand piece. I don't think it's a horrible idea to use them. Gotta protect our health in every way we can. I just don't know if the reason they aren't more widely used is the surgeons disliking the bulkiness.
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    Some of our surgeons insist on them and others won't touch them. I sort of feel though that since the smoke effects all of us that we should get a say!
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    Hello Tachy,
    There are many articles and regulations relating to the use of surgical plume evacuators available. The key to having a successful plume evacuation program is to get "Buy in" from all parties, nurses, techs, and surgeons. Gather your evidence, everything in health care is evidence based. Then put together a plan of action, this should include a list of stakeholders, the list may be bigger than you think, but may include: Risk Management, OSHA Compliance officer, Quality Assurance, Infection Control, Environment of care officer, Employee Health, Laser Safety Officer or Radiation Safety Officer, Safety Committee, Biomed, and surgeons. Here are a couple of links to look at regarding regulatory standards http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/hazard.../pdfs/hc11.pdf https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owa...p_table=OSHACT
    There are many options out there for plume evacuation to help get compliance from surgeons, the key is to give them options of "What" to use but require that they use "Something".
    Please feel free to contact me for more information, I will be glad to help you in this project.


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