June 8, 2018

FDA updates recommendations to reduce surgical fires

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on June 5 updated its Safety Communication: “Recommendations to Reduce Surgical Fires and Related Patient Injury.”

Among the recommendations:

  • Perform a fire risk assessment before each surgical procedure.
  • Encourage communication among anesthesia personnel, surgeons, and OR staff.
  • Practice safe use and administration of oxygen.
  • Ensure safe use of devices and items that may serve as an ignition source and fuel source.
  • Plan how to manage a fire.

The FDA is working with the Joint Commission and others to increase awareness of the risks of surgical fires.

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