‘Surgical smoke is the gaseous by-product emitted from heat-producing devices used during surgical or invasive procedures. Surgical smoke can be seen by the naked eye and has an offensive smell. It’s made up of 95% water or steam and 5% cellular debris in the form of particulate material. The particulate matter is made up of blood and tissue particles, viruses, bacteria, and chemicals.’ The enclosed article from the 2014 ORnurse Journal discusses the ways in which theatre staff should be protecting themselves against surgical smoke. You may be surprised and this article may make for interesting discussion at your workplace!