The burden to prevent surgical fires is on YOU the medical professionals. In most causes your patients are sedated and unable to help themselves. Only you can prevent surgical fires! I have gathered the following resources to assist the medical community in preventing surgical fires.
Note: The following documents are the property of the organizations that have created them. If you have questions regarding them, please contact these organizations for more information.
Please take a moment to view the success Memorial Medical Center has had in implementing a surgical fire assessment to their OR checklist! – CLICK HERE
Read the letter that explains their efforts:
“Our Surgical Fire Prevention initiative at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois, began in early 2011 and we are proud to have completed the final phase of this initiative in September 2012. Our Surgical Fire Committee had learned of surgical fires across the country and came to the conclusion we were not any different than the reporting institutions and subsequently began our planning phases…. Read on…
Memorial Medical Center, 701 North First Street, Springfield, Illinois 62781
To heighten awareness, of operating room fires, the Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) in Newark, Del., has created a Surgical Fire Risk Assessment Score. CLICK HERE.
For more information, contact Christiana Health Care, Dr. Kenneth Silverstein, Newark, Delaware, (302) 733-2741 (Office)
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has developed a comprehensive Fire Safety Toolkit to raise perioperative staff awareness of the inherent realities of surgical fires and to provide proactive tools to promote fire prevention, plan effective response strategies, and to develop department-specific evidence-based policies and protocols to protect perioperative patients and staff.
SurgicalFire.org recommends that medical professionals review this important toolkit. - CLICK HERE
Additional Contacts Regarding Surgical Fires:
Russell & Phillips
Dr. Soham Roy, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Associate Professor & Director of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
6431 Fannin St, MSB 5.036
Houston, Texas 77030
Christiana Health Care
Dr. Kenneth Silverstein
4755 OGLETOWN STANTON ROAD
Newark, DE 19718
(302) 733-2741 (Office)
Be Prepared to Prevent and Respond