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.

True or False:

The 3 key elements in the fire triangle are:

  • Oxygen
  • Fuel
  • Heat or ignition source

True or False:

Whenever the fire triangle exists, there is an increased risk of fire. This includes areas such as operating rooms and procedure areas.

True or False:

Ignition sources include electrosurgical units (ESU), lasers, argon beam coagulators (ABC) and fiber optic light sources.

Multiple Choice

Oxidizers include:

a. Room air
b. Oxygen
c. Nitrous oxide
d. A & C
e. B & C

True or False:

An H2O fire extinguisher is the best choice for putting out all procedural area fires.

True or False:

Patients with their heads draped are MORE susceptible to fire because supplemental oxygen can accumulate under the drapes.

True or False:

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.

True or False:

As a safety measure, sterile water or saline must be on the back table prior to using an electrosurgical unit (ESU), argon beam coagulator (ABC) or laser.

True or False:

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

True or False:

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
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