Operating Room Fire Safety Self-Evaluation
This test will help you evaluate your understanding of operating room fire prevention concepts. Ten question boxes appear on this page. Select your answer for each question, then click on the question card to reveal the correct answer. Use the link directly below to return to the operating room fire safety guide if you need to reexamine any of these concepts.
The safest place for an electrosurgical unit (ESU) cautery pencil when it is not in use is to rest it on top of the surgical drapes.
All of the following statements can decrease the chance of fire in the operating room or procedural area:
- Limit oxygen given to the patient (e.g., 30 percent concentration instead of 100 percent)
- Combine oxygen with air
- Use moist laps in oxygen-enriched environments (e.g., chest)
- Prevent pooling of alcohol-based preps, and allow prep solution to dry for a minimum of 2-3 minutes
The following steps should be taken in sequential order in the event there is a fire on your patient in a procedural area at Cedars-Sinai:
- Immediately smother/put out the fire (when safe to do so)
- Remove burning material from contacting the patient (drapes, ETT, etc.)
- Have the anesthesiologist stop the flow of gases (e.g., O2, N2O, desflurane, etc.)
- Set off the fire alarm (pull station) and call Security at x35511
- Evacuate the patient if necessary
- Save any material/devices for investigation
Once you've reviewed all the questions and checked your answers, submit the completed form to receive credit for taking the self-evaluation post-test.