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Expiration Date: July 31, 2017
A fire in the workplace is not something healthcare personnel want to experience. The purpose of this course is to review the various aspects of fire safety within operative and invasive procedure settings, including operating rooms contained within a hospital or ambulatory surgery center, endoscopy suites, labor and delivery rooms, interventional radiology suites, physician offices, and dental offices. Any location or setting that delivers oxygen and utilizes electrical equipment can be identified as a potential location for fires. This course is for both experienced and novice healthcare personnel working in these various settings. Such personnel may include nurses, ancillary personnel, anesthesia personnel, radiology technologists, surgical technologists, respiratory therapists, medical assistants, and physicians. The content includes an overview of the fire triangle as well as prevention strategies so potential fires can be avoided. In the unfortunate possibility of a fire occurring, content is included on what to do in this crisis scenario.
Although statistics suggest that there are 650 surgical fires that occur in the U.S. every year, placing them in the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2013 (The Joint Commission, 2013), it is also believed that this number is low due to under reporting of fires to regulatory agencies. Fires can cause extreme pain, disfigurement, morbidity, and death, but fires can be prevented. It is essential that all healthcare personnel understand the three elements of the fire triangle: heat source, oxygen, and fuel. Additionally, effective communication between the entire healthcare team, and asking the right questions, are foundational to fire safety in operative and invasive worksites.
Discuss how heat sources, oxygen, and fuel can intersect in perioperative environments.
- Identify strategies for preventing intraoperative fires.
- List appropriate actions to take during a fire situation.
Michelle M. Byrne, RN, PhD, CNOR has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years and educator for over 20 years. She is board certified in perioperative nursing and has served as a board member and President for Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). Michelle has authored many articles addressing patient safety and quality along with topics on nursing education, perioperative nursing, and cultural competence. In addition, she has completed research on the value of nursing certification. She is currently Program Coordinator and Professor of a Master of Science/nursing education at North Georgia College & State University.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.