Surgical Smoke Safety

Publication Date: December 15, 2018
Last Updated: March 14, 2022

Key takeaways

  • The health care organization should provide a surgical smoke-free work environment.
  • The perioperative team should evacuate all surgical smoke.
  • Perioperative team members should receive initial and ongoing education and competency verification on surgical smoke safety.
  • Policies and procedures for surgical smoke safety should be developed, reviewed periodically, and revised as necessary.
  • Perioperative personnel should participate in quality assurance and performance improvement activities to improve compliance with surgical smoke evacuation.

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Overview

Title

Surgical Smoke Safety

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

December 15, 2018

Last Updated Month/Year

January 5, 2023

Document Type

Guideline

External Publication Status

Published

Country of Publication

US

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Infant, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Operating and recovery room

Intended Users

Surgical technologist, nurse, medical techologist technician, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant

Scope

Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D012906 - Smoke

Keywords

smoke, surgical safety