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Preventing Operating Room Fires in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

Fires during a surgical procedure are rare. However, they can be devastating.

This course will review how to:

  • Prevent surgical fires
  • Respond to surgical fires

You will learn about:

  • The fire triangle and how it relates to surgical fires
  • Reducing the risk of surgical fires by keeping components of the fire triangle from interacting in ways that might lead to a fire
  • How to respond to surgical fires

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the three components of the fire triangle that can impact patient safety in the ASC
  • List sources of heat, fuel, and oxygen in the ASC that could impact patient safety
  • Match members of the surgical team with their corresponding element of the fire triangle and their effect on fire safety
  • Recognize strategies for controlling heat, fuel, and oxygen in the ASC
  • Recognize how to respond to a fire in the ASC