Surgical smoke

J Perioper Pract. 2012 Apr;22(4):122-8. doi: 10.1177/175045891202200405.


Surgical smoke is produced when tissues are dissected or cauterised by heat generating devices. Perioperative personnel and patients are routinely exposed to this smoke, and the use of smoke evacuation devices in operating theatres is not mandatory. This review will examine the most recent literature relating to surgical smoke in an attempt to discover guidelines for best practice and thereby provide recommendations for future practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinogenicity Tests
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Mutagenicity Tests
  • Operating Rooms
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoke*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative*


  • Smoke