Laser Surgery and Fire Hazards in Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeries

David S. Sheinbein, Robert G. Loeb

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Operating room fires are rare but can be devastating. These fires can occur during almost any surgical procedure but are more likely during airway surgery, during head and neck surgery, and if volatile flammable liquids are used. Each team in the operating room (ie, anesthesia, surgery, and nursing) has special expertise and responsibility in preventing and responding to a fire. Fires can be prevented by ongoing education and an interdisciplinary discussion of risks and responsibilities prior to each high-risk case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-496
Number of pages12
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Airway fires
  • Anesthesiology
  • Fire management/prevention
  • Fire triangle
  • Laser surgery
  • Operating room fires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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