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The examination of problems experienced by nurses and doctors associated with exposure to surgical smoke and the necessary precautions.
J Clin Nurs 2017; 26(11-12):1555-1561JC

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

This study aims to investigate the problems experienced by nurses and doctors as a result of exposure to surgical smoke and the precautions that need to be taken.

BACKGROUND

Electrosurgery is carried out in almost all operating rooms, and all of those who work in these rooms are exposed to surgical smoke, especially doctors and nurses. A review of the literature reveals that there are very few studies that have been carried out on surgical smoke, and there are no studies researched on the problems experienced by those working in operating rooms.

DESIGN

This descriptive study was conducted between April and June 2015.

METHODS

The study was carried out in the operating rooms of Training and Research Hospital with 81 nurses and doctors. Descriptive statistical analyses were performed using the IBM SPSS Statistics 23 (Windows), Hacettepe University, Ankara.

RESULTS

The problems experienced by the nurses and doctors as a result of exposure to surgical smoke included: headache (nurses: 48·9%, doctors: 58·3%), watering of the eyes (nurses: 40·0%, doctors: 41·7%), cough (nurses: 48·9%, doctors: 27·8%), sore throat, bad odours absorbed in the hair, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, sneezing and rhinitis. Regarding the precautions taken to protect themselves from surgical smoke, 91·1% of the nurses and 86·1% of the doctors reported using surgical masks.

CONCLUSIONS

It was found that they did not report taking any effective protective measures, and only a few of the nurses reported using special filtration masks. It was observed that the participants widely used surgical masks, which are ineffective in protecting from the effects of surgical smoke.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

Attention brought to the effects of surgical smoke. Presentation of the harmful effects of surgical smoke reported by doctors and nurses. Identification of the precautions that can be taken against surgical smoke.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing, Bolu School of Health, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey.Department of Nursing, Bolu School of Health, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey.Ege University, Faculty of Nursing, Department of Surgical Nursing, Izmir, Turkey.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27345749

Citation

Ilce, Arzu, et al. "The Examination of Problems Experienced By Nurses and Doctors Associated With Exposure to Surgical Smoke and the Necessary Precautions." Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 26, no. 11-12, 2017, pp. 1555-1561.
Ilce A, Yuzden GE, Yavuz van Giersbergen M. The examination of problems experienced by nurses and doctors associated with exposure to surgical smoke and the necessary precautions. J Clin Nurs. 2017;26(11-12):1555-1561.
Ilce, A., Yuzden, G. E., & Yavuz van Giersbergen, M. (2017). The examination of problems experienced by nurses and doctors associated with exposure to surgical smoke and the necessary precautions. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(11-12), pp. 1555-1561. doi:10.1111/jocn.13455.
Ilce A, Yuzden GE, Yavuz van Giersbergen M. The Examination of Problems Experienced By Nurses and Doctors Associated With Exposure to Surgical Smoke and the Necessary Precautions. J Clin Nurs. 2017;26(11-12):1555-1561. PubMed PMID: 27345749.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The examination of problems experienced by nurses and doctors associated with exposure to surgical smoke and the necessary precautions. AU - Ilce,Arzu, AU - Yuzden,Ganime Esra, AU - Yavuz van Giersbergen,Meryem, Y1 - 2017/03/20/ PY - 2016/06/17/accepted PY - 2016/6/28/pubmed PY - 2017/9/16/medline PY - 2016/6/28/entrez KW - occupational exposure KW - occupational health KW - surgery KW - surgical nursing SP - 1555 EP - 1561 JF - Journal of clinical nursing JO - J Clin Nurs VL - 26 IS - 11-12 N2 - AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the problems experienced by nurses and doctors as a result of exposure to surgical smoke and the precautions that need to be taken. BACKGROUND: Electrosurgery is carried out in almost all operating rooms, and all of those who work in these rooms are exposed to surgical smoke, especially doctors and nurses. A review of the literature reveals that there are very few studies that have been carried out on surgical smoke, and there are no studies researched on the problems experienced by those working in operating rooms. DESIGN: This descriptive study was conducted between April and June 2015. METHODS: The study was carried out in the operating rooms of Training and Research Hospital with 81 nurses and doctors. Descriptive statistical analyses were performed using the IBM SPSS Statistics 23 (Windows), Hacettepe University, Ankara. RESULTS: The problems experienced by the nurses and doctors as a result of exposure to surgical smoke included: headache (nurses: 48·9%, doctors: 58·3%), watering of the eyes (nurses: 40·0%, doctors: 41·7%), cough (nurses: 48·9%, doctors: 27·8%), sore throat, bad odours absorbed in the hair, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, sneezing and rhinitis. Regarding the precautions taken to protect themselves from surgical smoke, 91·1% of the nurses and 86·1% of the doctors reported using surgical masks. CONCLUSIONS: It was found that they did not report taking any effective protective measures, and only a few of the nurses reported using special filtration masks. It was observed that the participants widely used surgical masks, which are ineffective in protecting from the effects of surgical smoke. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Attention brought to the effects of surgical smoke. Presentation of the harmful effects of surgical smoke reported by doctors and nurses. Identification of the precautions that can be taken against surgical smoke. SN - 1365-2702 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27345749/The_examination_of_problems_experienced_by_nurses_and_doctors_associated_with_exposure_to_surgical_smoke_and_the_necessary_precautions_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13455 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -