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Patient Safety in Surgery

, 2:10

First Online: 26 April 2008Received: 19 February 2008Accepted: 26 April 2008

Abstract

A few cases of fire in the operating room are reported in the literature. The factors that may initiate these fires are many and include alcohol based surgical prep solutions, electrosurgical equipment, flammable drapes etc. We are reporting a case of fire in the operating room while operating on a patient with burst fracture C6 vertebra with quadriplegia. The cause of the fire was due to incomplete drying of the covering drapes with an alcohol based surgical prep solution. This paper discusses potential preventive measures to minimize the incidence of fire in the operating room.

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Author: Sumit Batra - Rajiv Gupta

Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1754-9493-2-10







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