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The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 0 2 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 M ark E. Bruley, CCE, investi- gates medical mishaps of all kinds for the ECRI Institute in suburban Philadelphia, but he's known the world over as an expert in surgical fires — both what causes them and how to prevent them. We caught up with Mr. Bruley for an update. Q Are there common misconceptions about surgical fires? Mark Bruley: What's largely unappreciated is how much of a hazard the buildup of oxygen presents when it's coming from an open source, like a nasal cannula or mask — how easy it is to ignite cotton surgical towels, drapes and patient hair. At least 70% of surgical fires involve oxygen-rich concentrations that are under the O R F I R E S "Even though most surgical fires last only about 4 or 5 seconds," says fire safety expert Mark Bruley, CCE, "they change lives." Surgical Fire Q&A MORE PROGRESS NEEDED Surgical fires are becoming less common, says Mark E. Bruley, CCE, but misunderstandings still pervade. Linda Dowman-Simon, RN Jim Burger Associate Editor

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