Which is the best suitable fire extinguisher for the operation theater ?
I prefer to place one or two clean agent / FM 200 portable fire extinguishers near the operating room as it is a clean, non toxic gas but it is costly and rare in the market.
Water mist fire extinguishers are not suitable as it may contaminate the patient wound and it may cause electrocution when the water drops contacts with surgical equipment.
Dry powder extinguishers are not suitable as the tiny powder particle will enter everywhere including , open wounds, electronic and electrical surgical equipment's like anesthesia machine but It can be a backup option for the gaseous extinguisher.
Carbon dioxide extinguishers are cheaper , easily available and will not contaminate the wounds but it will produce a vigorous sound during operation and will produce static electricity which is enough to start a secondary fire.
In my opinion contamination,vision,effectiveness,suitability, toxicity-chemical composition and suitability for operation etc to be considered before selecting a fire extinguisher for operating room.
Do you agree ? What is your opinion ?