FDA launches initiative to prevent surgical fires

Accreditation Connection, October 28, 2011

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new initiative and program designed to build a collaborative approach to the prevention of surgical fires.

Between 550 to 650 surgical fires occur in the United States per year, with the results leading to everything from serious injury, disfigurement, to death. Healthcare organizations continue to develop and implement best practices and preventative measures for surgical fires.

To supplement these efforts, the FDA and associated organizations have launched this new initiative to help increase awareness of surgical fire risks, help organizations share tools to help in this effort, and push for healthcare organizations across the spectrum to adopt practices to help reduce surgical fire risks.

More on this initiative can be found on the FDA’s website.

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