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May 13, 2020
3 Ways to Strengthen Your Case for Smoke Evacuation
Education is the first step to shift attitudes and actions toward consistent smoke evacuation in all procedural areas. A clear policy on smoke evacuation practices serves to standardize these actions, preventing all members of the surgical team and the patient from exposure to toxic, pathogenic, and carcinogenic surgical smoke.

April 8, 2020
2020 Legislative Recap – Surgical Smoke
2020 saw a surge in surgical smoke evacuation legislation, with AORN and our members very busy working on surgical smoke evacuation legislation in ten states across the country.

March 11, 2020
Tennessee Health Committee Hears Surgical Smoke Bill
Legislators receive demonstration of surgical smoke.

March 11, 2020
Georgia Smoke Bill Gets a Hearing
Nurses advocate for smoke evacuation in the peach state.

February 26, 2020
Kentucky Smoke Bill Passes Senate
SB 91, a bill to require surgical smoke evacuation in Kentucky operating rooms, passed the Kentucky Senate unanimously on Tuesday, February 18.

February 26, 2020
Utah Holds Hearing on Smoke Bill
On Wednesday, February 12, Utah SB 105 was heard in the Senate Business and Labor Committee.

February 4, 2020
Oregon Smoke Free OR Day

December 11, 2019
Oregon Senate Health Committee Hears Testimony on Surgical Smoke

November 13, 2019
Oregon Smoke Bill Hearing Set

September 10, 2019
New Jersey Legislator Introduces Surgical Smoke Evacuation Bill
A. 5765 introduced on August 27, 2019.

May 28, 2019
May 28 Informational Hearing Set for Oregon Smoke Bill
The Oregon House Health Committee has set an informational hearing for HB2901 for Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

April 17, 2019
California Agency Reviewing Comments on Surgical Smoke Evacuation
In 2017, then-Governor Brown vetoed CA AB 402 which would have required California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to develop a regulation requiring the evacuation of surgical smoke in health facilities.

March 28, 2019
Colorado Second State to Enact Surgical Smoke Evacuation Law
On March 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis took the important step to sign into law a surgical smoke bill that will protect Colorado perioperative nurses and surgical team members from the harmful effects of plume.

February 13, 2019
Colorado Smoke Evacuation Bill Passes House
Colorado HB19-1041 passed the Colorado House in late January, just a week after the House Health & Insurance Committee unanimously voted to send the bill forward.

June 13, 2018
RI Governor Signs Smoke Evacuation Legislation
Rhode Island perioperative nurses will breathe a little easier when the new law requiring facilities to adopt policies requiring the elimination of surgical smoke from ORs goes into effect.

May 21, 2018
AORN Members Deliver Powerful Surgical Smoke Testimony
Legislators heard moving testimony on surgical smoke in Colorado operating rooms, which peaked interest and support for requiring evacuation. While the bill did not pass this year, significant strides were made and the fight for safe workplaces continues.

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