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Key Takeaways: Guideline for Surgical Smoke Safety

Publish Date: November 24, 2021

NEW: The newly revised Guideline for Surgical Smoke Safety presents updated recommendations on smoke management during minimally invasive procedures.


Use a surgical smoke management system during minimally invasive procedures.

  • NEW Minimally invasive surgical smoke evacuation equipment may include trocars, tubing, or accessories with ULPA and activated carbon filtration.
  • NEW Do not release unfiltered surgical smoke into the OR during minimally invasive procedures.
  • NEW Before removal of trocars, the insufflation gas may be filtered using a mechanical desufflation or a passive filtration method.
    • Filtering insufflation gas before removal of trocars prevents possible perioperative team member exposure to surgical smoke contaminants.

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Surgical Smoke Safety Guideline

Watch an overview of the Surgical Smoke Safety Guideline by AORN’s Erin Kyle, Editor in Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.