Surgical smoke
is only part of
the story

Unmasking the truth

When there’s surgical smoke in the O.R., the long-term effects can be unclear. What is clear is that many substances within smoke have been proven to be mutagenic and carcinogenic associated with a range of health issues. Becoming aware of the potential risks — and taking precautions — can help protect you and your team today and tomorrow.

Air your concerns

86% of O.R. Managers believe smoke evacuation in the U.S. will one day be mandated.10 Take action today by joining an organization, enrolling in a CE course or learning more about the available options for smoke evacuation in your O.R.


Giving you a solution

  • 27-30 unfiltered cigarettes: The average impact of surgical smoke on the O.R. team1
  • 77% of particles within surgical smoke are less than 1.1 microns in size (easily deposited in the alveoli and circulated throughout the body)2-3
  • 150 chemicals found in surgical smoke including benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, and cyanide4
  • 16 of the 150 chemicals in surgical smoke are categorized by the EPA as priority pollutant PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)5
  • 60k-1 million O.R. particles multiply 17 times from 60,000 particles per cubic feet within five minutes of ESU activation6
  • 40MPH is the rate of speed that smoke particles can travel and be evenly distributed throughout the O.R.7
  • 2x O.R. nurses report twice as many respiratory issues than the general population8
  • 85% of all surgeries involve electrocautery, emitting surgical smoke3
  • 500,000+ healthcare providers are exposed to surgical smoke each year9

smoke-plume-particles-color Approximately 77 percent of the particulate matter in smoke is 1.1 microns and smaller.2 Standard surgical masks are limited in their abilities to filter out surgical smoke particles that are 5 microns or smaller.3

Here are just some of the particles that are the same size or smaller than those of surgical smoke:11

  • HPV
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Viruses
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Bacteria