How to Choose the Right Smoke Evacuation System
Electrosurgery generators are today’s standard of care for providing the energy needed to cut and coagulate tissue. Generators convert electricity into energy, which travels through a pencil/handpiece to the electrode at the surgical site. Surgical smoke, also known as a plume, occurs when electricity and tissue meet. A smoke evacuation system pulls smoke plumes from the surgical site, via tubing, into a filter, thus capturing particles that otherwise would be dispersed into the air and inhaled by the OR staff and patient.
When choosing a smoke evacuation system, be sure your due diligence includes these four items to get the most benefit and longevity from your system:
- Filter Life – This could be a costly mistake if the wrong system is purchased. Bovie® filters have a 35-hour filter life on Low setting, among the longest in the industry.
- Customizable Settings – Customized settings allow users to engage the smoke evacuation system to operate based on intended procedures, using the right degree of power and potentially extending filter life.
- Accessories that Enhance Filter Life – The Bovie® Remote Switch Activator accessory provides clinicians with the ability to activate the evacuation system only when cutting or coagulating – preventing the filter from running during the entire procedure and enhancing filter life.
- Noise Reduction – It’s important to ask to listen to every unit prior to purchase. Preventing distraction during delicate procedures is imperative.