Surgical Smoke Blog

Surgical Smoke Blog

I Am Not A Luddite but I Do Think Simpler Is Better

May 6, 2020

A Simpler Solution for Increased Safety of the COVID-19 Caregiver

Viral Aerosol Capture

April 24, 2020

Nascent Surgical has expanded the usefulness of its highly effective aerosol capture device which is currently used to remove surgical plume. The alternative use is for protection of the healthcare worker that cares for the hospitalized, isolated COVID-19 patient.

Clinical Product Trial- a Vendor’s Perspective

July 29, 2019

I’ve recently been involved in a number of clinical trials of our “miniSquair® surgical smoke and bioaerosol capture device. It is a component of a smoke evacuation “system” which consists of the smoke capture device (the ESU “pencil” or the miniSquair®), a length of flexible tubing, an ULPA filter and a smoke…

From Vacuum Cleaner to Compliance – Our Journey

July 6, 2018

The achievement of capturing and removing surgical plume has proven to be an evolutionary and not a revolutionary effort. The journey from a simple vacuum hose to a stylized electrosurgical (“ESU”) “pencil” to a transformative cell foam-based flat plenum or pad placed close to the wound, has taken thirty-three (33) years to…

The Alternative

June 4, 2018

The electrosurgical unit (ESU) “pencil” has had two decades to gain the favor of clinicians. Despite this lengthy period of use, surgeons have balked because of its interference with their ability to see the tip of the dissecting monopolar electrode, fatigue from the torque imposed on their hand by the embedded tubing…

Compliance vs. Clinical Product Value

May 29, 2018

The electrosurgical unit (“ESU”) “pencil” wars are heating up now that both the short and long-term health hazards caused by inhaling surgical plume have been accepted1,2. Perioperative nursing groups and various industry leaders have led the way in educational efforts aimed at clinicians, hospital administrators and even state politicians. Covidien, Stryker, Conmed…

The Evolution of Smoke Evacuation

May 10, 2018

Prior writings have revealed our belief that the meaning of the term, “smoke evacuation” has evolved well beyond meaning a method for capture of trace gases and particulates produced as a result of pyrolysis of tissue. As our teachings indicate, based upon third party testing of our miniSQUAIR,1 we now know that…

Times They are a Changin’

March 29, 2016

As a few of you may have noticed (probably very few), I have not posted a blog for about 2-3 months. This absence reflected another of my functions; that of assistant to my Nat’l Sales Manager, Mr. Gary Haugen. Apparently, hospital administrators, in their search for value-based services and products, have started…

The Nurse, the Surgeon and now, the Healthcare Executive

August 6, 2015

For the past few months we have focused our comments on data to support education of clinicians who have been reluctant to accept, let alone advocate for, smoke evacuation technology in their operating rooms. As a result of our literature reviews and original research, sponsored by Nascent Surgical, LLC at world class…

This is Serious Stuff

July 29, 2015

The other day my accountant came by to “do the books” and left a sheath of papers on my desk held together by a big metallic clip at the top. “Here are the results of my internet search for ‘clean air’ articles. You should look them over.” Naturally, since my CPA is…