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Medical group to issue surgery fire prevention guidelines

To combat the recent spike in surgery fires, the American Society of Anesthesiologists plans to issue its first set of guidelines to prevent the once rare surgical injury. Although they may have several different causes, experts believe that many surgery fires occur when oxygen builds up under surgical drapes and is then ignited by the now frequent use of lasers and other tools that use electric current. One of the guidelines to be issued this fall will be to discontinue the anesthetist’s practice of giving a sedated patient 100% oxygen instead of only what the patient needs for respiration during surgery.

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