National Fire Prevention Week perfect time to learn ways to stop surgical fires

October 13, 2017    |   By: Eunice Halverson, MA, CPPS

The Center for Patient Safety joins The Joint Commission in recognizing National Fire Prevention Week. Unfortunately, surgical fires continue to occur.  Recent reports to the Center’s PSO include:

  • 4×4 held by the surgeon caught on fire from a cautery during eye surgery
  • Electrical fire in the fluoro base of a cysto table
  • Flash fire during removal of a mole
  • Patient’s beard started on fire during removal of lesions with cautery


It’s never too late to remind staff and physicians about the factors that contribute to surgical fires and  lace to reduce the risk of surgical fires. Together, we can make a safer environment!


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