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OR Excellence Session Previews - June 2015

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J U N E 2 0 1 5 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 4 5 I t's easy to be complacent about surgical fires. After all, most providers never experience them. But they still happen with alarming regu- larity — at least 200 times a year, according to some estimates. And when they do, the consequences are often devastating. Mark Bruley, CCE, a biomedical engineer at the nonprofit ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is an internationally recognized expert on fire safety. In his presentation, "Only You Can Prevent Surgical Fires," he'll talk about common hazards, new clinical recommendations in fire pre- vention and the proper way to extinguish flames if they do spark. • It's not all about dry times. Surgical teams tend to assume alcohol is the most common cause, because everyone knows it's flammable and we frequently hear warnings about adequate drying time. But the reality is that alcohol skin preps that haven't been Lives Change in a Matter of Seconds Surgical fires scar both patients and providers in a flash. Speaker Profile • Biomedical engineer at the non- profit ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. • Considered the world's leading expert on medical accidents, with a particular expertise in surgical fires. • Has conducted research into sur- gical fires for more than 35 years and served as an advisor to the Joint Commission, the FDA and various foreign governments. Mark Bruley, CCE

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