New Quick Safety on preventing light source-related burns during laparoscopy, arthroscopy
A new issue of Quick Safety aims to help prevent light source-related burns from laparoscopy and arthroscopy procedures.
Organizations that conduct these procedures should be aware of the potential for patient burns from the light sources associated with these scopes. Burns from these types of light sources can go unnoticed by the surgical team because they typically do not produce smoke or charring — even of surgical drapes.
More than half of the fires/burns sentinel events reported to The Joint Commission since 2019 were associated with surgical or invasive procedures, and nearly 15% of those peri-procedural incidents were related to light sources.
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