Surgical Fire Safety Training Program

July 1, 2010 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Although rare, surgical fires can occur whenever and wherever surgery is performed. ECRI Institute estimates as many as 550 to 650 surgical fires occur in healthcare facilities annually. Approximately 20 to 30 of the fires occurring annually cause disfiguring or disabling injuries, and one or two—typically surgical fires occurring in the airway—are fatal. ECRI Institute and others have recommended surgical fire prevention strategies, which include providing education to surgical team members to raise and maintain awareness about surgical fires and offering methods to prevent them.

The Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) System has developed this training program to help educate staff (e.g., surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses)...

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