E-Cigarettes Show the Dangers of Surgical Smoke
When it comes to surgical smoke, do your staff members and surgeons wonder what all the fuss is about? After we made a commitment to go smoke-free, we met some resistance from surgeons and staff. To help drive home the danger of surgical smoke, we purchased 2 hot-pink e-cigarettes and a nicotine-free strawberry vaping liquid that posed no threat to staff or us. Then during a clinical committee meeting, the facility's medical director and I began to smoke the e-cigs while discussing the dangers of surgical smoke. At first, everyone was shocked, but they soon were asking questions and joining in on the discussion. The presentation worked the next morning we heard our physicians talking to staff about the importance of evacuating surgical smoke.