Specific Factors Sway Nurses' Smoke Evacuation Compliance

Age, education, training among factors influencing compliance with surgical smoke recommendations
By Monica Smith
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Perioperative nurses' adherence to surgical smoke evacuation recommendations tends to be inconsistent, and key factors influencing levels of compliance are identified in research published in the August issue of the AORN Journal.

Kay Ball, R.N., of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, analyzed data from a Web-based survey completed by 777 nurses to determine key indicators in nurse compliance with recommendations for smoke evacuation.

The author found that compliance decreased with increased age, nurses' perception of the evacuation recommendations as complex, and higher levels of organizational formalization. Compliance increased with formal education; knowledge, experience, and training in surgical smoke evacuation; incidence of respiratory problems; and other factors such as organizational interconnectedness, perception of complexity, and leadership support.

"Education programs can be developed that directly address these key predictors so that a surgical environment free from surgical smoke is promoted," the author writes.

Ball is a paid speaker for IC Medical, Buffalo Filter, ConMed, and Megadyne.

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