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Control of smoke from laser/electric surgical procedures.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1999 Feb; 14(2):71
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.
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
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Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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