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Surgical fires are preventable medical errors. To reduce the risk of fires, many healthcare organizations have developed tools, implemented strategies, and conducted education and outreach efforts. Yet there is more that can be done.
The FDA has a role in preventing surgical fires. FDA regulates the drugs (e.g. oxygen, skin preparation agents) and devices (e.g. ESUs, lasers and surgical drapes) that are components of the fire triangle and reviews product labeling to ensure that appropriate warnings about the risk of fire are included. However, the FDA’s regulatory authorities over the elements of the fire triangle are not sufficient to prevent these accidents.
The FDA is also committed to collaborating with relevant public and private partners to optimize the safe use of the products the agency regulates as part of its Safe Use Initiative. Under the Safe Use Initiative, the FDA convened a meeting with representatives from a variety of healthcare organizations to discuss ways to collaborate to prevent surgical fires. This meeting was an initial step in identifying barriers to safe practices, with the ultimate goal to engage all partners in developing specific, tangible interventions to reduce surgical fires.For additional information and resources click here now.