Covidien, Boulder Colo, announces the global launch of the RapidVac smoke evacuator system, a device that quietly filters airborne contaminants from operating rooms.

The system helps protect patients and personnel from the potential hazards of surgical smoke, and features an ultra low penetration air filter, which is 99.9% efficient at trapping particulate matter as small as 0.12 microns. The RapidVac works in both open and laparoscopic procedures, and its flow rate can be adjusted to meet the specific surgical need.
Regulations mandating the use of smoke evacuation systems are a topic of ongoing discussion worldwide, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration both support the use of smoke evacuation systems in all operating rooms.

Covidien, a global healthcare products company, manufactures, distributes, and services a diverse range of innovative medical solutions and product lines.