Surgical Fire

A flash fire that occurs during a surgical procedure, which may injure patients or, rarely, cause death; 600 surgical fires are reported every year, but because reporting of such fires is not mandatory, the number may be much higher
Factors Sparks from electrocauterisation instruments, sustained by combustibles—e.g., surgical covers, facilitated by the high-O2 environment
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* Fire Safety: Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to extinguish a surgical fire and actually practice the evacuation of a patient from the OR.
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A study in the journal Anesthesia Progress replicated potential surgical fire conditions with a mechanical model in an oxygen-enriched environment.
Otorhinolaringology-head and neck surgery, otolaryngology surgical fires. Verano 2009, pagina web.
The Food and Drug Administration recently honored the AHA's American Society for Healthcare Engineering for its contributions to the agency's Preventing Surgical Fires initiative.
Beesley J, Taylor L 2006 Reducing the risk of surgical fires: are you assessing the risk?
Measures to prevent surgical fires must include addressing the risk factors that can be minimized during a procedure.
For example, a recent Sentinel Event Alert covered the topic of surgical fires which are fires that occur in a hospital's surgical suite.
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