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A case for the prevention and management of surgical fires in the UK

Released on - 17/11/2020

A case for the prevention and management of surgical fires in the UK

A case for the prevention and management of surgical fires in the UK

This report contains important information on surgical fires and their prevention, to be submitted to the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC), in order to make the case for its inclusion on their agenda.

In the perioperative setting, a fire may cause injury to both the patient and healthcare professionals. Injuries caused by a surgical fire most commonly occur on the head, face, neck and upper chest. The prevention of surgical fires, which can occur on or in a patient while in the operating theatre, is an urgent and serious patient safety issue in UK hospitals.

The document can be downloaded below. 

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