Preventing Surgical Fires

July 1, 2010 | Health System Risk Management

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Keeping surgical fires from happening requires a team approach involving all personnel who contribute to the fire triangle. Surgeons are usually responsible for ignition sources (e.g., electrosurgical pencil), anesthesia providers are usually responsible for oxidizers (e.g., oxygen, nitrous oxide), and nurses are usually responsible for fuels (e.g., prep solutions).

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