Surgical Aerosol Mitigation Tool


Aerosol Control in Adenotonsillectomy Surgery
Adenotonsillectomy, a common surgical procedure performed on over 500,000 patients annually, faces a critical problem. Surgical aerosols produced by electrocautery used during surgery risk OR personnel to exposures of both toxic ultrafine particles and infectious vectors like SARS-CoV-2. Unfortunately, existing mitigation methods and personal protective equipment (PPE) are costly, inadequate in effectively controlling these aerosols, or a combination of both. There is an urgent need for an effective solution to address the aerosol-related risks and ensure the safety of both patients and medical staff.
This innovative modified tongue blade incorporates a suction port within the oral cavity, effectively reducing the escape of surgically generated aerosols from the patient. By using SmoVac, Operating Room personnel exposure to aerosols and the associated risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission are significantly diminished. This groundbareaking device guarantees safety, adaptability, and affordability.
• Versatility & Cost-effectiveness: two variations to ensure optimal aerosol mitigation without compromising surgeon visualization (1) Reusable stainless suction port permanently attach to the blade or (2) Disposable port for existing equipment.
• Superior Performance: comparative studies have shown SmoVac’s superiority in capturing aerosols compared to conventional external suction methods (Fig.).

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Doreen Molk
University of Colorado
Brian Herrmann
Norman Friedman
Steven Lammers
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