Fire in the Operating Room: Surgical Case Report From a Forced-Air Warming Device Equipment Fire


      Surgical fires are critical life-threatening events that can result in patient morbidity and mortality. This case report describes an equipment fire originating from a forced-air warming device occurring during a shoulder arthroscopy operation and discusses how the surgical team responded to mitigate risks to the patient and staff. Rapid response by the anesthesia professional and the surgical team helped prevent the fire from negatively impacting patient and staff safety. The patient was discharged from the hospital without any complications. We recommend that surgical teams engage in a coordinated and continual cycle of fire prevention, including enhanced education and interprofessional team training.


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