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Bill Detail: HB19-1041

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Title Require Surgical Smoke Protection Policies
Status Governor Signed (03/28/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/04/2019
Description

The bill requires each hospital with surgical services and each
ambulatory surgical center to adopt and implement on or before May 1,
2021, a policy that requires the elimination of surgical smoke via the use
of a surgical smoke evacuation system during any surgical procedure that
is likely to generate surgical smoke. Surgical smoke is a gaseous

by-product produced by energy-generating surgical medical devices.

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