What are the hazards of diathermy use in the operating room?
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- Answered 12 Jan 2020 Conflict of interest declaration: None I found a number of papers that discuss this. The principle focus is on smoke but there are others: The Hazards of Diathermy Plume Part 1 the Literature Search  Are surgeons aware of the dangers of diathermy?  Hazards of Surgical Diathermy  Evidence for exposure and harmful effects of diathermy plumes (surgical smoke)  Electrosurgery, Managing the risk  References 1) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/175045890401400904 2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503440/pdf/annrcse01623-0039.pdf 3) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18080583-hazards-of-surgical-diathermy/ 4) https://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr922.pdf 5) http://www.afpp.org.uk/filegrab/electrosurgeryguidance.pdf?ref=52