The “fire triangle,” or “fire triad,” is taught throughout general fire safety education and is used as a point of emphasis for surgical fire prevention. Fire is the result of the combination of a fuel source, an oxidizing substance, and heat. In the operating room, alcohol-based preps and draping materials are the most common sources of fuel. Alcohol-based surgical prep solutions are excellent antiseptic agents but are also extremely flammable. In most operating rooms, the prepping and draping of the surgical patient is a role of the operating room nurse. Anesthesia providers use these same prep solutions for central line preparation and for regional anesthesia procedures. As surgical team members, our role should include increased vigilance whenever an alcohol-based prep solution is used in the operating room (OR). ... [more]
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