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Preventing Operating Room Fires in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (CE)

Fires during a surgical procedure are rare. However, they can be devastating. Fire prevention and response is essential to the safety and welfare of healthcare personnel and patients. This course will discuss methods to prevent surgical fires as well as best practices for responding to surgical fires. Specifically, discussion will include information about the fire triangle as it relates to surgical fires and risk reduction in the operating room.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:

  • Identify the three components of the fire triangle that can impact patient safety in the ASC
  • List sources of heat, fuel, and oxygen in the ASC that could impact patient safety
  • Match members of the surgical team with their corresponding element of the fire triangle and their effect on fire safety
  • Recognize strategies for controlling heat, fuel, and oxygen in the ASC
  • Recognize how to respond to a fire in the ASC