Initiative launched to prevent surgical fires

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Oct 17, 2011

Surgical FiresDid you know that an estimated 550 to 650 surgical fires occur in the United States each year? It was news to me. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its partners have just launched the “Preventing Surgical Fires” initiative to raise awareness of the risks of surgical fires and promote the adoption of risk reduction practices throughout the healthcare community. The initiative is providing patients with information on surgical fires including the risks, how these fires happen and things that can be done to reduce the possibility of a fire. Healthcare professionals can find recommendations on preventing surgical fires as well as resources and tools. Videos, checklists, and more have been created for this project.

- Judy Comoletti