Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers Helping Surgical Fire Victims
Surgical Fires Should Never Happen
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a fire in the operating room or suite in an outpatient surgical center, know your rights in Florida. Surgical fires are preventable. The surgical team is made up of nurses, technicians, the surgeon, anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. These team members are required to know the elements that make up the Fire Triad.
The Fire Triad is composed of:
- Oxidizers (oxygen or nitrous oxide)
- Igniters (electrocautery, bovie or other heat generated instrument)
- Fuel (alcohol preparations, drapes, etc.)
The Anesthesiology provider is responsible for the Oxidizer element. The surgeon is responsible for the Igniter element, and the nurses are responsible for the fuel elements and for facilitating communication amongst the team members. There is an increased risk of fire for any procedure performed to the head, neck and chest.
Each surgical center and hospital must have policies and procedures designed to eliminate the combination of elements that allow a fire to combust in the operating room. The policies and procedures of the facility should address a Time Out Procedure. Before any surgical procedure, the surgical team must pause for a Fire Prevention Time Out. This Time Out is required for the surgical team members to communicate regarding the elements of the Fire Triad. A plan should be documented in the patient chart after the time out to address any fire hazard, and to eliminate the hazard for the safety of the patient.
Surgical Fires can result in catastrophic lung, mouth, throat, skin, eye and other injury. If you are aware of a surgical fire, or know someone who has been injured in a surgical fire, call our Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Morgenstern & Herd in Florida for a consultation to discuss your rights.
Contact our experienced Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers to fight for your rights if you were a victim of a surgical fire in Florida.