Go Rhode Island!
Rhode Island has become the first state to pass legislation requiring ORs to use smoke evacuation systems for surgical procedures that generate plume.
Rhode Island House Bill 5324, signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo, requires all hospitals and freestanding ambulatory surgical facilities in the state to adopt policies to use a smoke evacuation system for surgical procedures that generate plume. Hospitals are required to report to the R.I. Department of Health within 90 days that they’ve adopted policies regarding surgical smoke ventilation.
This is clearly a landmark law and a key step forward in promoting health and safety in operating rooms. Kudos to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, both of which advocated for the law’s passage and provided testimony on the dangers of surgical smoke. Read More