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Control of smoke from laser/electric surgical procedures.

Authors
Moss-CE
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1999 Feb; 14(2):71
NIOSHTIC No.
20025783
Abstract
During surgical procedures using a laser or electrosurgical unit, the thermal destruction of tissue creates a smoke byproduct. Research studies have confirmed that this smoke plume can contain toxic gases and vapors such as benzene, hydrogen cyanide, and formaldehyde, bioaerosols, dead and live cellular material (including blood fragments), and viruses. At high concentrations the smoke causes ocular and upper respiratory tract irritation in health care personnel, and creates visual problems for the surgeon. The smoke has unpleasant ordors and has been shown to have mutagenic potential.
Keywords
Airborne-particles; Ventilation; Ventilation-equipment; Ventilation-systems; Exhaust-systems; Exhaust-ventilation; Work-practices; Worker-health; Smoke-control; Smoke-inhalation; Operating-rooms; Biohazards; Air-quality-monitoring; Indoor-air-pollution; Nurses; Health-care-personnel; Surgeons; Control-technology; Combustion-products; Indoor-environmental-quality
CODEN
AOEHE9
CAS No.
71-43-2; 74-90-8; 50-00-0
Publication Date
19990201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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