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Approximately 90 to 100 surgical fires occur each year in the United States according to independent research organization ECRI Institute. Although rare, surgical fires pose seriousâ consequences to patients, hospital staff, and to the reputation of the healthcare facility.
ECRI Institute, with decades of experience investigating surgical fires, announces a new consultative program focused on eliminating thâis safety hazard.
“While the healthcare community has made great strides in preventing surgical fires, we must not be complacent," says Scott Lucas, PhD, PE, ECRI Institute's director of accident and forensic investigation. He adds, “Guidelines to prevent and extinguish fires have been published by ECRI Institute and others for many years. Implementation of these guidelines is often the challenge."
Combining world-class experts and strict confidentialâ onsite assessments, the newâ Surgical Fire Prevention service includes an in-depth review of a hospital or health system's surgical fire prevention policies and an audit of high-risk surgical procedures and practices. ECRI Institute's experts conduct interviews with pertinent stakeholders as part of the process. Confidential reports outline key findings of the assessment and offer ââin-depth, actionable recommendations to help minimize the chance of future surgical fires.
“Surgical fires are devastating to patients and to hospitals’ reputations," âstates Lucas. “We are pleased to apply our unique experience to this specialized on-site service."
For more information about ECRI Institute's Surgical Fire Prevention service, visit ecri.org/surgical_firesâ
Source: ECRI Institute