Patient Safety Tool: Surgical Fire Prevention Poster


ECRI Institute provides a free, downloadable poster detailing recommendations to prevent surgical fires.


The poster, titled "Only You Can Prevent Surgical Fires" and developed in collaboration with the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, offers recommendations in six categories:

  • At the start of each surgery
  • During head, face, neck and upper-chest surgery
  • During oropharyngeal surgery (e.g., tonsillectomy)
  • During tracheostomy
  • During bronchoscopic surgery
  • When using electrosurgery, electrocautery or laser


ECRI notes that the applicability of its recommendations must be considered individually for each patient.


Download the surgical fires poster (pdf) for use in your facility.


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