Crisis in the operating room: fires, explosions and electrical accidents.

Department of Anesthesiology, Medical Center East, Tokyo Women's Medical University, 2-1-10 Nishiogu, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo, 116-8567, Japan.
Journal of Artificial Organs (Impact Factor: 1.41). 09/2010; 13(3):129-33. DOI: 10.1007/s10047-010-0513-0
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Fires, explosions and electrical accidents in the operating theater are rare events, but are devastating in terms of structural damage to the equipment in theaters and to human lives. While various circumstances lead to these troubles, we can avoid and manage them by learning from the instructive cases accumulated so far. We describe operating room crises such as fires, explosions and electrical breakdowns, and discuss causes and countermeasures.