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Operation Room Fire: Caution for Using Electrocautery after Rinsing Operation Field at the End of the Surgery with Alcohol-Based Cleansing Solutions
Journal of Korean Burn Society 2019;22(2):34-37
Published online December 1, 2019
© 2019 Journal of Korean Burn Society.

Jong Keun Song, M.D., Hyojeong Shin, M.D. and Jun Yong Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Jun Yong Lee, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 56 Dongsu-ro, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon 21431, Korea
Tel: 82-32-280-5184, Fax: 82-32-510-2370
Received November 3, 2019; Revised November 19, 2019; Accepted November 20, 2019.
Fires in operating rooms rarely occur. However, this type of disaster can complicate almost any surgical procedure. Fuel, heat and oxygen are related with fire outbreak. When ignition sources such as alcohol-based surgical preparation solutions are present, the risk of an operating room fire increases, and burns are more severe in such conditions. Many manufacturers recommend waiting at least three minutes after application to allow complete drying for reduce fire risk. There are a few studies regarding flame burns in the operation room, although most of these studies are related to preoperative skin preparation. However, alcohol containing solutions can be used occasionally for cleansing of the operation field after the surgery, therefore, the surgical team should pay attention to surgical fires, even if they have completed the operation successfully. We present our case of a post-operative flame burn and introduce some precautions that will reduce the risk of alcohol burns.
Keywords : Operation room fire, Alcohol containing solutions, Electrocauterization

December 2019, 22 (2)
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