Medication Safety Alert! March 8, 2018
In this week's issue:
- Surgical Fires Caused by Skin Preps and Ointments: Rare but Dangerous and Preventable
- Caution advised with tamper-evident caps
- Change in abbreviation definition
- Get "SWFI" wrong? Who would ever think?
Surgical fires that ignite in or around patients can have devastating consequences, particularly if oxygen sources are present during head, face, neck, or upper chest surgeries.1 There are an estimated 200-240 surgical fires each year in the US, occurring in operating rooms or during procedures in physicians’ offices or clinics.2 Given the millions of surgical procedures performed each year, and a rate of fires ranging between 0.32 and 0.63 per 100,000 procedures,2 surgical fires are considered rare but very dangerous events. About 30 fires per year cause disfiguring or disabling injuries to...