Surgical Fires Cause Severe Burns
Surgical fires are fires that occur in, on or around a patient undergoing a medical or surgical procedure. Surgical fires are rare but very serious events. These events happen some of the time and can leave a patient with serious burns, or even cause death.
The ECRI Institute estimates that approximately 550 to 600 surgical fires occur each year. The fire can usually happen because of the anesthesiologist using tools to administer anesthesia that become very hot and start a fire from overheating. Miscommunication between the surgical team will cause these types of mistakes. In the medical field it is important to follow all steps but mistakes will happen and someone needs to be held accountable for their actions.
Most of the time surgical fires can be prevented if all the steps are correctly followed by the hospital staff. It is a team effort and everyone is responsible for a particular task. The CRNAs are to monitor at all times the potential hazards that cause and start surgical fires. Each staff is equipped with safety rules to also follow in case of a fire and are trained in how to extinguish and properly shut down fires. There should be no reason for an innocent patient to be involved in or harmed by this life-threatening situation.
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