WHAT IS SURGICAL SMOKE AND WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF INHALING IT?
Surgical smoke consists of water and cellular debris, including chemicals, blood and tissue particles, and viruses and bacteria. If the smoke is not extracted, it dissipates and can be absorbed by humans.
The resulting gases include carbon monoxide (Chad), hydrogen cyanide, toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, tetrachloroethylene and benzopyrene. More than forty chemicals have been isolated from surgical smoke. Many of them are classified as carcinogenic.
In addition to poisonous smoke, chemical toxins can lead to lung irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract. In particular, benzene, toluene, xylene and ethylbenzene – mutagenic substances – can cause headaches, eye, nose and throat irritation.
Gases such as carbon monoxide and methane, which have been detected in surgical smoke, are as mutagenic and carcinogenic as tobacco smoke.
Surgical smoke can cause:
- respiratory tract inflammation
- emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis
- general weakness
- eye irritation
- hypoxia, dizziness
- cardiovascular disorders
- lesions of the nasopharyngeal cavity
In addition to doctors and medical workers, directly threatened by smoke inhalation during surgery, patients are also at risk.
The most effective way to reduce the risks associated with smoke generated during surgical procedures is to extract it using a smoke evacuation system. Such a system removes smoke as soon as it arises in close proximity to its source, not allowing it to spread.
MODES OF OPERATION
On the ELTRON SE, aspiration activation can be: automatic, manual or via a foot switch.
Available mode for laparoscopic procedures.
ELTRON SE has electronic control of suction power and filter wear.
Safety class: I/CF
Power supply: 230V – 50/60Hz
Filter type: ULPA with activated carbon
Filter efficiency: 99.999X%
Size: 370 x 144 x 319mm (W x H x D)