Colorado 2nd state to enact law on surgical smoke in OR

Colorado is the second state in the U.S. to adopt a surgical smoke evacuation law to protect perioperative nurses and surgical team members.

Three things to know:

1. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law March 28 that requires healthcare facilities to use a smoke evacuation system for relevant surgical procedures.

2. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses worked with the Colorado Nurses Association and the Colorado Hospital Association to lobby for the law's passage.

3. Rhode Island became the first state to implement such a law in June 2018.

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