Fires in the Operating Room? Should You be Concerned?

Recently, the media reported that the Chief of Surgery at New York City’s Lincoln Hospital accidently set a patient on fire during surgery. The patient allegedly suffered injuries as a result of the fire. The
report has some wondering how common fires may be in the operating room and whether patients are at risk.

A May 6, 2012 New York Post article reports that approximately 500 – 600 surgical fires occur
across the United States each year. On average, that is more than one fire every single day. Several patients have died as a result of these fires and dozens have reportedly suffered severe burns or gross disfigurements. The frequency of more minor injuries is unknown.

Have you, or a loved one, ever suffered from a surgical fire? What happened? Please leave a comment and share your story with others.