Surgical Plume is Hazardous to the Health of the Surgical Team. Using Remote Sensors in a Healthcare Setting to Monitor Exposure to Surgical Plume Will Help Protect the Healthcare Workforce

Time: 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

Date: 4.10.22

Surgical plume is a gaseous byproduct of burning organic material created from heat-producing surgical tools. The operating theatre workforce and patients may experience adverse effects from being exposed to surgical plume when plume evacuation devices and standards of practices are lacking.
Opportunities exist to increase awareness about the health consequences of surgical plume exposure to surgical teams and their patients. Engineers, hospital leadership, policy makers, and multidisciplinary surgical team members can influence practice through advocacy, education, and spreading awareness. To better understand the context of the problem, we will analyze the scientific evidence of the hazards and the health and safety risks of exposure to surgical plume and discuss the standards and best practices that guide protection against exposure to surgical plume.
Key to helping resolve issues over exposure will be covered by examining how the use of innovative ways of using technology to exploit data via remote sensors for measuring particulate which is one of the main component of surgical plume and using this to determine if the plume is not being adequately controlled in order to help the employer (Trust, manger) in protecting people’s health.

Having something that alerts staff may just make a big difference to their exposure and their health.

• Your LEV isn’t working
• Your surgeon isn’t using the on tip extraction
• You are at risk

IOM have been working with clients to replace traditional methods of monitoring exposure which can be challenging in clinical environments and employing sensors where monitoring can be carried out remotely and over more meaningful time periods than can be captured in a site visit.
The interpretation being undertaken by AI allows fast accurate feedback on individual exposure.

Lastly, we will provide you with references and resources for further information on developing policy and surveying for compliance.


  • View full profile for Steve VeckSteve Veck Electro Surgery Consultant and Clinical Lecturer - The International Council on Surgical Plume
  • Jerry Slann Director of Authorising Engineers - IOM

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