Surgical fires are rare. Among the approximately 72 million inpatient and ambulatory surgical procedures done annually in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 550 to 650 fires occur. That is, every year, there is (at most) one fire per ten thousand surgeries.
Such fires, however, can be devastating, causing serious injuries and even death. Up to 5% of surgical fires do result in serious harm to the patient.
This course will teach you 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 making certain that the fire triangle is not completed
- How to respond to surgical fires