ASA advisory addresses operating room fires

June 2008
Same-Day Surgery;Jun2008, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p64
Academic Journal
A task force of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has addressed surgical fires with a practice advisory that addresses identifying procedures at high risk of fire, reducing the risk, and managing a fire. • Supplemental oxygen is not medically necessary in all cases and should not be used if not necessary, because oxygen increases the risk of fire. • Anesthesiologists need specific education related to surgical fires. • An assessment of the risk of fire should occur before every procedure, and the OR team should discuss responsibilities to reduce the risk.


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