The effects of surgical smoke in the operating room are a rising concern. Since the introduction of laser surgery in the mid 1980s, the hazardous nature of the plumes has come under scrutiny. Surgical smoke is generated during surgical interventions using energy-based instruments, such as electro surgery, laser and ultrasonic devices. Surgical smoke contains chemicals, non-viable particles, viable bacteria/viruses and viable cells, which apart from creating visibility issues during surgery, pose unhealthy risks for surgical staff who are routinely exposed to these toxic agents. The mutagenic potency of surgical smoke from electro surgery is comparable to that of cigarette smoke. Total mutagenicity of smoke condensate from one gram of tissue is equivalent to that from six cigarettes.1
The state-of-the-art SafeAir* diathermy pencil with fully integrated smoke evacuation provides effective smoke evacuation without compromising safety or the comfort and precision tactility of the surgeon. Effective smoke removal also helps to secure critical visibility in the operating field.
The SafeAir smoke evacuation pencil has to be connected to a smoke evacuation pump that will eliminate the plume through the built-in filter system.
ProcedurePak customized surgical trays offer the opportunity to include the SafeAir smoke evacuation pencil.
The SafeAir Smoke Pencil is a single-use, electro surgery pencil with fully integrated smoke aspiration and liquid suction functions. A slim design with integrated cable make this product the perfect pencil for safe electro surgery.
* Product distributed by Mölnlycke Health Care