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The burning issue: TJC's new Sentinel Event Alert on surgical fire safety

Best estimates from The Joint Commission (TJC) suggest that 90-100 surgical fires occur annually in the United States, creating safety hazards for patients, surgical teams, and the operating room (OR) environment. TJC recently issued Sentinel Event Alert #68, “Updated surgical fire prevention for the 21st century.” It provides a comprehensive overview of the risks, contributing factors, and prevention strategies for surgical fires in healthcare settings.

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