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.

 


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…