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Irked by "preventable" surgical fires, FDA issues alert with recommendations for healthcare professionals

Medical Environment Update, September 1, 2018

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  Expect The Joint Commission (TJC) and other accrediting organizations to more closely examine your efforts to prevent surgical fires after the FDA in June issued an alert reminding healthcare professionals and facility staff of “factors that increase the risk of surgical fires on or near a patient.” 

The FDA also recommended practices to reduce the occurrence of surgical fires, including “the safe use of medical devices and products commonly used during surgical procedures.” 

The alert is targeted at healthcare professionals involved in surgical procedures—such as surgeons, surgical technicians, anesthesiologists, anesthesiologist assistants, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, and nurses—and staff responsible for patient safety and risk management.

The FDA wrote that it is working with TJC and other organizations to get the word out.

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