Practice Advisory for the Prevention & Management of Operating Room Fires
MedSun: Newsletter #33, February 2009

American Society of Anesthesiologists

The incidence of operating room (OR) fires is difficult to determine, due in part to the lack of a mandatory national reporting system. Some estimates suggest that between 50 and 200 OR fires occur in the United States every year, with as many as 20% of reported fires resulting in serious injury or death. This advisory provides recommendations to healthcare providers on preventing and managing OR fires.

Additional Information:

Practice Advisory for the Prevention & Management of Operating Room Fires. American Society of Anesthesiologists. 2008.

http://www.asahq.org/publicationsAndServices/orFiresPA.pdf


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