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Resources and Tools for Preventing Surgical Fires

On this page:

 

Reference Articles and Advisories
 

 

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.
     
  • FDA Patient Safety News: Preventing Fires in the Operating Room disclaimer icon
    This 3 minute FDA video clip for health care professionals, summarizes the main points of APSF’s video, “Prevention and Management of Operating Room Fires.”

    

 

Related Websites
 

 

 

Contact FDA

301-796-7432
Preventing Surgical Fires

Center for Devices and Radiological Health

c/o Tina Powell

WO 66-3216

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20993