SurgicalFire.org is part of a group of organizations and government agencies working to promote surgical fire awareness:
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation – APSF is urging reassessment of the routine use of supplemental oxygen for surgical procedures that introduce an increased risk of fire. The APSF Fire Safety Video produced in cooperation with ECRI Institute describes steps to take for decreasing the risk of operating room fires, including the management of the patient’s airway when supplemental oxygen is deemed medically necessary. The APSF Fire Safety Video may be viewed on the APSF website and a complimentary DVD is available on request.
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses - AORN consists of 40,000 plus members, provides tools and resources to manage fire safety practices in the surgical suite. In addition to The Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices, AORN also produces a Fire Safety Tool Kit , portions of which are available for non-members. The tool kit contains sample fire risk assessment checklists as well as tools to assist in creating scenarios and evaluations for fire drills in healthcare facilities.
Association of Surgical Technologists – Established in 1969, the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) mission is to enhance the profession to ensure quality patient care. The Council of Surgical and Perioperative Safety is a coalition of professional organizations, including AST, which seeks to identify areas of potential collaboration to improve surgical patient safety and perioperative work environments, such as the prevention of surgical fires. Surgical fire hazards and precautions are identified in the AST Core Curriculum, 6th edition, and are considered an important educational focus for all surgical technology education programs. AST has also developed substantive surgical fire safety information for their Recommended Standards of Practice for Laser Safety; Gowning and Gloving; Surgical Scrub, Skin Prep of the Surgical Patient and is working on related information in a soon-to-be-published Recommended Standards of Practice for Electrosurgery.
Christiana Care Health System – Christiana Care Health System, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, is one of the leading health care providers in the United States, ranking 17th in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is a major teaching hospital with two campuses and more than 240 Medical-Dental residents and fellows. Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer, and women’s health services. The system is home to Delaware’s only Level I trauma center, the only center of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Christiana Care also features a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit, the only delivering hospital in the state to offer this level of care for newborns.
Christiana Care Health System has been at the forefront of identifying the issue of surgical fires and implementing measures to prevent fires in the operating room. Standardized fire safety protocols, the development and implementation of novel technologies and comprehensive team training have been instrumental in creating an environment of open communication and safety awareness within the operating room. By integrating fire safety assessments as standard protocol within Christiana Care, we have eliminated the occurrence of surgical fires. Just as importantly, we have created a learning culture in our clinical practice where medical safety issues can be identified and openly addressed.
ECRI Institute - ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Over the past 35 years we have investigated hundreds of serious or fatal surgical fire accidents in hospitals and outpatient settings and provided the healthcare community with guidance on their prevention and extinguishment. The Institute’s publications and its collaborative work with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the Joint Commission have resulted in the new clinical recommendations to acute care healthcare organizations, surgical centers, and physician offices for prevention of this hazard. ECRI Institute’s surgical fire prevention resources include free educational posters on surgical fire prevention and extinguishment and an extensive bibliography on surgical fire , in addition to other materials.
Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety – The Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) is an incorporated multidisciplinary coalition of professional organizations whose members are involved in the care of surgical patients. CSPS promotes excellence in patient safety in the surgical and perioperative environment. As part of its mission, CSPS has developed a number of Safe Surgery Principles including one on fire safety and one on smoke evacuation.
American Society of Anesthesiologists – Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific association with 46,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. ASA assembled a task force to study operating room fires and make recommendations on what to do both to prevent fires in the operating room and prepare for those very rare cases when they occur. ASA continues to share our recommendations with health care providers and to educate patients about this issue.