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On March 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis took the important step to sign into law a surgical smoke bill that will protect Colorado perioperative nurses and surgical team members from the harmful effects of plume. Following in Rhode Island’s footsteps, Colorado becomes the second state in the nation to require facilities to adopt and implement a policy that prevents human exposure to surgical smoke via the use of a surgical smoke evacuation system. The new law covers all planned surgical procedures likely to generate surgical smoke. AORN’s nurse advocates worked alongside the Colorado Nurses Association and Colorado Hospital Association to educate lawmakers about the need for uniform evacuation procedures to eliminate smoke in Colorado’s operating rooms (AORN, 2019).

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