UK HealthCare achieves national recognition for safety in surgery

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 19, 2021) – UK HealthCare earned the Go Clear Award for achievements in eliminating dangerous smoking from his surgical procedures. The Go Clear Award is presented by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to recognize health care facilities that are committed to providing increased safety of surgical patients and healthcare professionals by implementing practices that eliminate smoke caused by the use of lasers and electrosurgical devices during surgery.

UK HealthCare earned the award by undergoing comprehensive surgical smoking education and testing and providing the medical devices and resources needed to evacuate surgical smoke during all smoke generation procedures.

Surgical smoke is the unwanted byproduct of energy generating devices used in 90% of all surgeries. Its content includes toxic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, viruses, bacteria, blood and cancer cells. Inhalation and absorption of surgical smoke poses serious health risks to patients and surgical personnel. Studies compare smoke inhalation from smoke vaporized human tissue created by cigarettes; …

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