MHA member hospitals have committed to eliminating surgical smoke in their facilities by 2024.
Surgical smoke is produced by the destruction of tissue by use of lasers or electrosurgical devices. Research studies confirm that surgical smoke can contain toxic gases and vapors such as benzene, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, and bioaerosols, as well dead and live material, including blood tissue particles, bacteria, and viruses.
MHA will be conducting education programs and sharing best practices in the coming months to assist hospitals reach the goal of eliminating surgical smoke by 2024.
Read more about the announcement here. Check back to this webpage as more resources are added.