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Recommendations to Reduce Surgical Fires and Related Patient Injury: FDA Safety Communication

Monday, June 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brittany Bowes

Most surgical fires occur in oxygen-enriched environments, when the concentration of oxygen exceeds 30 percent. When supplemental oxygen is delivered to a patient in an operating room, an oxygen-enriched environment can be created. An open oxygen delivery system, such as nasal cannula or mask, presents a greater risk of fire than a closed delivery system, such as a laryngeal mask or endotracheal tube. In an oxygen-enriched environment, materials that may not normally burn in room air can ignite and burn.

 

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