PNABC Peak of Excellence Conference presented by STERIS Canada and Stryker
June 9th-12th, 2022 - Kamloops, B.C.


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  • Credentials: CCAA
  • Job Title:
  • Bio:

    I'm a Certified Clinical Anesthesia Assistant (CCAA) and work clinically in the operating room at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. I started my career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) before moving into the operating room. I also work for Thompson Rivers University as an OLFM (open learning faculty member) for the Anesthesia Assistant Program through Open Learning. I’ve recently completed my Bachelor of Health Science degree and I sit on the board as the chair person for the CCAA National Exam committee. I’m an avid e-biker and golfer and enjoy the outdoors.

  • Topic: Pollution in the Operating Room
  • Presentation Synopsis:


    1. To examine the NIOSH standards of anesthetic gas pollution levels
    2. To demonstrate safe practices when using anesthetic gases
    3. To determine what to do if you become exposed to anesthetic waste gases
    4. To explore the ways in which the anesthetic gases are tested for

    How safe is your work environment? Do you ever wonder how anesthetic gases work? Every operating room has the potential of being unsafe when you are working in it.  Knowing about the anesthetic gases and how they can affect you is important. The gases that anesthesia use to keep patients asleep can affect you.  Do you know what the signs and symptoms are of being exposed to anesthetic gases?  The last time you were involved with an inhalation induction, did it go smoothly and the patient went right off to sleep, or did the parents come into the operating room and create one of those scenes with their child where you wanted both of the them to fall asleep?  Ever go home and just feel tired?

    There are many situations where nursing can be affected by anesthetic gases.  Where these gases come from and ways in which to decrease exposure to them. It happens often, most of the time you are not aware of it. Whether you are scrubbed, circulation, or even doing break relief, anesthetic waste gases are polluting your operating room.

    There are certain cases that have the potential to produce pollution more than others. Certain pieces of equipment can help or hinder this problem and there are processes, which can help, eliminate your exposure to these situations.  There are Work Safe standards which are meant to be followed, and it is time that the standards which were created 40 years ago to be updated and followed in today’s environments.  Come to this talk and be exposed to the information that will help protect you when doing your job!

John Patton
The Peak of Excellence in Perioperative Care
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Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors who committed to the 2022 Peak of Excellence in Perioperative Care Conference presented by STERIS Canada and Stryker

Presenting Sponsors

  • STERIS Canada
  • Stryker

Gold Sponsors

  • Interior Health

Silver Sponsors

  • Cardinal Health
  • Medline

Bronze Sponsors

  • 3M Medical Health Solutions
  • Associated Health Systems
  • BD
  • Boston Scientific
  • Gore
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy Canada
  • Keir Surgical
  • LeMaitre
  • Olympus Canada
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Zimmer Biomet Canada Ltd.
  • Hologic

Exhibitors Sponsors

  • Acart Equipment Ltd.
  • Clarion Medical Technologies
  • Fibertech Canada
  • Galen Medical Ltd.
  • Getinge Canada Ltd.
  • Integra Canada
  • Medtronic
  • Nurses and Nurse Practioners of BC

Raffle Sponsors

  • Steven's
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