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Resources and Tools for Preventing Surgical Fires

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 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

Preventing Surgical Fires

Center for Devices and Radiological Health

c/o Tina Powell

WO 66-3216

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20993

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