6 Recommendations to Prevent Surgical Fires

October 14, 2011 | Print  |

The FDA recently launched a new surgical fire prevention website. Here are six recommendations for healthcare professionals on preventing surgical fires from FDA.

 

1. Conduct a fire risk assessment at the beginning of each procedure. The highest risk procedures involve an ignition source, delivery of supplemental oxygen, and the operation of the ignition source near the oxygen (e.g., head, neck or upper chest surgery).

 

2. Use supplemental oxygen safely.

 

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3. Use alcohol-based (flammable) skin preparation agents safely.

 

4. Use devices and other surgical equipment safely.

 

5. Encourage communication among members of your surgical team.

 

6. Plan how to manage a surgical fire. For example, understand how to extinguish a fire burning on a patient, develop evacuation procedures, conduct fire drills, and keep saline handy to put out a fire.

 

Source: FDA

 

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