Tampa Malpractice Attorney Discusses Fire Safety in an Operating Room
Patients often ask me questions as an experienced Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorney about surgical fires and who’s responsible for patient safety regarding fires in the operative suite. There are three entities in your surgical team which are made up of anesthesiologists, your surgeon and the nursing staff who should operate together and function to make the operative suite more safe and to eliminate the risk for surgical fires. They do this by holding a surgical time out to make sure that the the anesthesia providers who control the oxygen, the surgeon who controls the electrical cautery and then the nurses who control the accelerant, such as, anything that can be a fuel for a fire, a drape, or a solution such as alcohol. If those three things are all present in close proximity that during the time out one of the things is eliminated and that’s how operative procedures are made more safe and eliminate the risk of surgical fire.
Are you going in for surgery and want to know who is responsible for fire safety in an operating room? Contact experienced Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorney Betsey Herd.