Viewpoint: Make U.S. Hospitals Smoke-free

It’s no secret that smoking is terrible for your health — especially your lungs. That’s why most of the country banned it from public establishments years ago. But smoke still flows freely in a place most people consider safe and sterile: hospitals. read more

An Exhaustive 3-Year Quest for 12 Smoke-Free ORs

Northwest Hospital, a LifeBridge Health Center in Randallstown, Md., is the first Maryland hospital to be completely smoke-free. Leading the charge was Debra Kording, BSN, RN, CNOR, the perioperative educator who was moved and motivated by the horrid things she learned about surgical smoke from AORN’s Surgical Smoke Tool Kit. read more

Northwest Hospital Earns National Recognition as Maryland’s First Hospital with Completely Smoke-Free Operating Rooms

Randallstown, MD – A groundbreaking achievement for Northwest Hospital as it becomes the first hospital in Maryland to eliminate hazardous smoke from operating rooms and earn the prestigious Gold Level “Go Clear Award™” from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the Outpatient Surgery Magazine’s first place OR Excellence award for Staff Safety. read more

5 Steps to Smoke-Free Surgery

Last June, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to mandate the evacuation of surgical smoke during plume-producing procedures performed in hospitals and surgical centers. Perioperative nurses around the country celebrated the news and hoped their state would be next to protect them from dangerous pollutants that waft through the OR air. read more

RI Introduces Smoke Evacuation Bill

A first of its kind, AORN Government Affairs drafted legislation to require facilities to adopt policies requiring the evacuation of surgical smoke in Rhode Island operating rooms. AORN then worked with the Rhode Island State Nurses Association to introduce the bill last month. read more

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