Christus Santa Rosa, located at 1301 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, announced Feb. 2 it has earned the Go Clear Award for eliminating hazardous smoke from surgical procedures. The award is issued by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses and recognizes health care facilities that implement and execute increased patient and employee safety through the elimination of smoke caused by lasers and other devices. Surgical smoke is a product of certain devices used in many surgeries and can produce toxic chemicals and pose health risks to any who inhale and absorb the smoke.

The staff at Christus Santa Rosa has undergone surgical smoke education and testing to secure this achievement.

"Providing a safe and healthy space for our patients and our associates during surgery is our No. 1 priority," said Anne Heins, administrative director for Christus Santa Rosa Hospital. "By undergoing this extensive training and education, we are ensuring our hospital continues to align itself with our most up-to-date knowledge on safety."