Tackling risks of surgical smoke

Surgical smoke, or plume, has been a known issue for over 40 years, with a study by Tomita et al in 1981 revealing that the smoke generated by surgical procedures – such as laser and electrosurgery – was as mutagenic as cigarette smoke.

Since then, there have been many studies showing that not only does surgical smoke contain the same sorts of toxic chemicals as cigarette smoke, but it also has a biological component. 

Researchers have found instances viable viruses in surgical smoke and a paper published in 2013 concluded that cancers found in two surgeons were likely the result of exposure to laser plume in the course of their work.

EAKIN SURGICAL is focused on providing better outcomes of surgery for all concerned, not only patients by reducing the chances of cross contamination, but also by making operating rooms safer for the surgical staff who spend much of their working lives in them

Eakin Surgical advocates on-tip smoke extraction in all procedures where surgical smoke is a potential hazard. This means that smoke is extracted as it is created so does not become a hazard to anyone within the theatre.

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