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Revista chilena de cirugía

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GONZALEZ A, ALEJANDRO; GAJARDO G, XIMENA  and  RAMIREZ C, CAROLINA. Surgical fire: an avoidable incident. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2013, vol.65, n.3, pp.260-263. ISSN 0718-4026.

Introduction: Surgical fire requires the presence of three components, known as the "fire triad": a fuel, an ignition source and an oxidizer. Clinical case: We report a patient who, during an ambulatory surgery, suffered a facial burn from a fire. The use of an electrosurgical unit and supplementary oxygen through nasal cannula were important factors in this case. We describe how and why fire start, which are the high-risk surgeries and the strategies to reduce the risk of fire in surgical patients.

Keywords : Fire; burn; electrocoagulation; oxygen therapy; surgical procedure.

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