Preventing and Managing Operating Room Fires in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

Soham Roy, Lee P. Smith

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Abstract

Otolaryngologists are at high risk of surgical fire. During surgery in the head and neck region there is close proximity of 3 essential elements: an ignition source, a fuel, and an oxidizing agent. In this article, the authors highlight the scenarios where fire may occur and offer steps that surgeons can take to minimize risk for their patients. By understanding the elements of the fire triad, otolaryngologists can decrease the risk of surgical fire, through careful control of oxidizers, ignition sources, and potential fuels in the operating room.

LanguageEnglish
Pages163-171
Number of pages9
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Airway fire
  • CO laser
  • Coblation
  • Electrocautery
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Fire safety
  • Head and neck surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Preventing and Managing Operating Room Fires in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. / Roy, Soham; Smith, Lee P.

In: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.02.2019, p. 163-171.

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