Surgical Smoke Blog

Insights into keeping your workplace environment from going up in smoke.

By Leonard Schultz, M.D.
Founder & CEO
Nascent Surgical

In this blog Dr. Schultz discusses the topic of surgical smoke in the operating room and the goal of returning clean, non-contaminated air to our daily environment. As a retired general surgeon with a 25 year interest in the capture and removal of smoke during laser and laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Shultz shares his insights in this problem with the hope to form a world-wide advocacy that will finally rid our operating rooms of surgical plume.

 


miniSQUAIR Benefits to Healthcare are Based on True Value

April 22, 2015

We are a start-up company that sells a single product. It is called, “miniSquair®” and its purpose is to capture plume generated during open surgical procedures. It does this very well with a documented 99.5% efficiency assuming that the smoke evacuator to which it is attached can generate a minimum of 25…




What’s New? Looking for Innovation in Medical Device Industry

April 1, 2015

We recently completed the yearly pilgrimage to AORN EXPO held in Denver. The weather was fantastic, the venue perfect thanks to AORN planning and the participants were engaged. The meeting had all the elements for success except that I didn’t see much innovation as I traversed the aisles of exhibits. Where were…




The Conundrum of Value-Based Healthcare

March 10, 2015

It is no secret that the federal government has increasingly been shifting risk associated with patient care to the hospitals through reduced reimbursements should surgical complications occur. These bureaucrats do not understand that such post-operative complications are most often inherent and not the result of clinical incompetence or technical errors. For example,…




Getting Real about Surgical Smoke – The Reality and Responsibility

March 5, 2015

So far, we have reviewed the harmful components of surgical smoke, the fact that chronic inhalation can cause systemic diseases and that federal and professional guidelines have not been sufficient to initiate universal protection for the perioperative team. Let’s examine this dissociation between reality and responsibility. As stated, it is the chronic…




Sweating the Small Stuff – The Problem of Nanoparticles

February 26, 2015

To date, I have detailed my personal evolution from a surgeon who could not endure inhaling the smoke that resulted from my practice to one dedicated to resolving the problem for myself and others. I hope that as you have read these blogs, you have become energized to pursue your own solutions…




From First Sketch to Finished Product

February 18, 2015

Designing a surgical device can be simple or difficult, inexpensive or costly. It depends on individual prototyping capabilities or a desire to work with a professional. Before you do either, however, first get a napkin or an envelope and start sketching. In our case, we made our initial design on the back…




The Evolution of Surgical Smoke Capture with the miniSQUAIR®

January 29, 2015

When we began our journey, we said that our goal was to eliminate chronic inhalation of smoke plume that is produced in our operating rooms. Easier said than done since we have not achieved the goal after thirty (30) years of effort. The end-point has been elusive because, until recently, such a…




Smoke Detected – Early Experience with Surgical Plume

January 20, 2015

I’m waiting for my wife, Michele, to return home after her day’s work as an operating room nurse involved in robotic surgery. Which reminds me, in my previous blog, I said that I would discuss the laparoscopic phase of my career as a general surgeon so while I wait, please join my…