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  On Demand  CE  Prevention and Management of OR Fires
There are an estimated 600 surgical fires per year in America. If a fire occurred in your operating room would staff know what to do? It is estimated that fewer than half of the hospitals in the country conduct operating room drills to prevent and control fires. Chief focus should be on communication. It takes a team approach when the surgeon starts up a surgical tool and an anesthesiologist lowers the oxygen to avoid a fire when indicated by the procedure. This program will discuss the new clinical guide to preventing surgical fires. This program is a must for anyone who works in the operating room or procedure room. Prevention of fires can help avoid a lawsuit. The CMS conditions of participation for hospitals and the Joint Commission sentinel event alert will also be discussed. National position statement recommendations will be covered including AORN (Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses), ECRI (Emergency Care Research Institute), ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologist), APSF (Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation), ACS (American College of Surgeons), and more.
Program Objectives:
  • Outline the new clinical guidelines for preventing surgical fires.
  • Describe the CMS standards in the hospital conditions of participation.
  • Discuss the common causes and preventions of OR fires.
Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD
  Sue Calloway has been a nurse attorney and medical-legal consultant for more than thirty years. She has presented numerous educational programs for nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals on topics such as patient safety, Joint Commission, CMS, and HIPAA issues. She is on the board for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation.

Sue has authored over 100 books and thousands of articles. Previously she has been a nursing professor, medical malpractice defense attorney, and director of health policy and risk management for eight years for the Ohio Hospital Association. Sue is also past VP of legal services, compliance officer and privacy officer for a community hospital. She is the author of the book on the 2009 Joint Commission Leadership Standards by HCPro.

Sue Dill Calloway has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
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