Prevention + Management of Surgical Fires

Surgical fires have reduced over time — this is due to a variety of factors, but effective training and education is a critical component of this reduction. We’ve been on the leading edge of surgical fire prevention and training for over fifteen years. Our teams have reviewed hundreds of surgical fire events, trained thousands of staff and presented to many local, state and national associations on this topic. Many jurisdictions require ongoing surgical fire training. So how can you ensure you’re compliant? In-person or online, we can help.

Surgical Fire Training Requirements

NFPA 99 required healthcare facilities to cover the following:

  • Hazard Assessments: including a Surgical Fire Risk Assessment and training
  • Policies and Procedures when using flammable skin preps
  • Emergency Procedures: specific to your operating room / surgical suites
  • Orientation and Training: required for new staff and annually for all personnel including physicians and surgeons

Surgical Fire Training Program

Training under actual fire conditions has proven to be the most effective approach in preparing staff and reducing the chance for the loss of life in a real fire. Topics include:

  • Fire Prevention: What is causing surgical fires and how do we prevent them?
  • Fire Suppression: What are the steps you should take to suppress airway, oral cavity, surgical site and drape fires?
  • Fire Plan Review: What are the roles of the surgical team during a fire?
  • Evacuation: How do you break down equipment and evacuate if fire/smoke conditions force you from the OR?

Fire Procedure Redesign

This will include a survey of the surgical areas with customized plans outlining roles and responsibilities of the surgical team and leadership during a fire or evacuation. Interviews on current practices for prevention of surgical fires will take place at this time.

Types of Surgical Fire Training

We provide training for surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses and surgical technologists for ORs and procedural areas including:

  • Seminars for Grand Rounds or “late-start” days
  • Hands-on suppression of fires on surgical patients
  • Evacuation simulations of single or multiple rooms
  • Special evacuation programs for robotics, open heart, Cath/EP Labs, etc.
  • Managing a fire in the Post Anesthesia Care Units where patients are incapable of self-preservation

Online Surgical Fire Training

  • Efficient and self-paced learning — anytime, anywhere
  • Trusted Expertise: Over 43 years of experience in protecting hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers from surgical fire prevention experience
  • Ease of Use: Online secure access 24/7, mobile-friendly and interactive courses
  • Customizable: Add your facilities’ surgical fire procedures to the training
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