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Resources and Tools for Preventing Surgical Fires

NEW: The Joint Commission disclaimer icon (TJC) has taken on the leadership of the Preventing Surgical Fires Initiative, and Dr. Gerard Castro is the leader for this effort at TJC.

Starting in July 2015, the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) will host the website for the Preventing Surgical Fires Initiative. The CSPS initiative pages are available online disclaimer icon.

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 Reference Articles and Advisories  

Education Programs for Healthcare Providers

  • Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) Educational Program for OR Safety – Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) disclaimer icon NEW
    SAGES’ FUSE program was developed in collaboration with gynecologic (AAGL), urologic (AUA), anesthesia (ASA), and nursing colleagues (AORN). FUSE covers a wide variety of topics in the use of surgical energy and has a specific focus in the prevention and management of fires in the operating room. This interactive, web-based program is a multimedia-enhanced didactic curriculum disclaimer icon, with optional CME and CEU certificates and a high-stakes, multiple choice cognitive exam (FUSE certifying exam). The program was designed to certify that a successful candidate has demonstrated the knowledge fundamental to the safe use of surgical energy-based devices in the operating room, endoscopic suite and other procedural areas.

Fire Codes Relevant to Healthcare Facilities

   From the National Fire Protection (NFPA):

Fire Risk Assessment Tools  

  • Surgical Fire Risk Assessment Tools disclaimer icon 
    Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, DE) has developed and integrated a fire risk assessment in their universal protocol. Examples of this protocol, as well as an accompanying presentation are available on their website.

  • Mini Fire Safety Tool Kit disclaimer icon
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has created a fire safety tool kit, portions of which are available for non-members. The Tool Kit contains sample fire risk assessment checklists as well as tools to assist in creating scenarios and evaluations for fire drills in healthcare facilities.

  • Fires in the OR disclaimer icon (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center)
    This video shows a modified time out procedure that includes a discussion of the steps each operating room team member would take to prevent a fire and the steps they would take if a fire occurred.

Fire Extinguisher Recommendations for Operating Rooms

Please see the current recommendations from these initiative partners:  

Educational Posters  

Educational Videos  

  • FDA Videos hosted by Medscape (Non-CME and CME)

  • Fires in the OR disclaimer icon (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center)
    This video shows a modified time out procedure that includes a discussion of the steps each operating room team member would take to prevent a fire and the steps they would take if a fire occurred.
     

  • Prevention and Management of Operating Room Fires disclaimer icon
    With the assistance of ECRI Institute, The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) has produced this 18-minute long video describes best practices to prevent the potentially devastating complication of a fire in the operating room. The intended audience is everyone who works in the OR during surgery. Watch the video online or request a complimentary DVD.
     

Related Websites  

 

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