New York Law Targets Smoke in ORs

New York is 10th state to requires facilities to use a smoke-evacuation system for surgical procedures that generate surgical smoke.

By HFT Staff
January 12, 2023

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation that aims to mitigate surgical smoke in the workplace. New York is the 10th state to enact legislation that requires all licensed hospitals and freestanding ambulatory surgical facilities to adopt policies to use a smoke-evacuation system for surgical procedures that generate surgical smoke. The law will take effect on June 14, 2023. 

Each year, “an estimated 500,000 workers, including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgical technologists, are exposed to laser or electrosurgical smoke,” according to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Also known as plume, this smoke includes carbon monoxide, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and a variety of trace toxic gases. Prolonged exposure can lead to serious and life-threatening respiratory diseases. 

As advocates for surgical nurses’ workplace safety, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has spearheaded the law’s passage to protect operating room staff and patients from the dangers of surgical smoke, a by-product from the use of energy-generating devices.  

“There are no specific standards for laser and electrosurgery plume hazards,” said Jennifer Pennock, associate director of AORN Government Affairs. “Instead, the safety policies have been left to the facilities and, nationwide, too few have taken action to protect their healthcare workers. We believe New York’s proactive legislation will lead other states to follow suit.” 




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