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Did Skin Prep Fuel This Fire? - February 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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T hat's a difficult image to look at, isn't it? It's the charred face of 86-year-old Jeanne Holden, who went to the Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center in Tigard, Ore., on Sept. 16, 2016, for a left temporal artery biopsy, but left burned and blistered inside her mouth, down her throat, up her nose, in her ear, neck and down part of her back. A $1 mil- lion lawsuit filed on Ms. Holden's behalf last month says she was breathing supplemental oxy- gen through a mask during cauterization of the incision Did Skin Prep Fuel This Fire? Alcohol-based skin preps cause only 4% of OR fires, but you must still exercise care when applying these flammable agents. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor • SCARRED Jeanne Holden, 86, was disfigured after flames erupted in an Oregon surgery center. Kafoury & McDougal 3 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7

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