Colorado Nurses Advocate for Surgical Smoke Evacuation Law

Some of our very own perioperative nurses took it into their hands to advocate for a surgical smoke evacuation law. Their hard work paid off. On March 28, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed into law a surgical smoke bill that will protect Colorado perioperative nurses and surgical team members from the harmful effects of plume. Following in Rhode Island’s footsteps, Colorado became the second state in the nation to require facilities to adopt and implement a policy that prevents human exposure to surgical smoke via the use of a surgical smoke evacuation system. The new law covers all planned surgical procedures likely to generate surgical smoke. Read more…