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  • Summary date: Apr 25 2023 - View Summary

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. 

    Amends proposed GS 131E-78.4 by replacing the term smoke evacuation system with smoke evacuation/filtering system, now defined as stand-alone, portable equipment that effectively captures, filters, and eliminates surgical smoke at the site of origin before the smoke makes contact with the eyes or respiratory tracts of occupants in the room. Specifies that this equipment does not have to be interconnected to the hospital or ambulatory surgical ventilation or medical gas system.

  • Summary date: Apr 17 2023 - View Summary

    Establishes standards for surgical smoke evacuation in hospitals (new GS 131E-78.4) and ambulatory surgical facilities (new GS 131E-147.2). Requires licensed hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities to adopt and implement policies that require the use of smoke evacuation systems during any surgical procedure likely to generate surgical smoke. Defines smoke evacuation system and surgical smoke. Authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to take adverse action for violations. Effective January 1, 2024.