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Burns from Oxygen Fires

Flash fires are often the result of a combination of an oxygen-rich environment and lasers or cauterization equipment. Not only does oxygen increase the risk of fire, but it also causes the fire to burn faster and hotter and make it more difficult to extinguish. During most surgeries, oxygen is delivered to the patient via a cannula, mask or tracheal intubation. When a fire erupts, the patient can sustain serious, disfiguring burns on the face, neck and upper chest. Or, even worse, the patient's airway can catch fire, which is often fatal.

Not all patients require oxygen for their surgical procedure, so each patient should be independently assessed. The level and delivery of the oxygen should also be evaluated. For instance, the risk of fire is less with intubation than with more open delivery methods such as a nose cannula or mask. In addition, not all patients require 100% oxygenation, and a lower level of oxygen will reduce the fire risk.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical fire, one of our experienced injury attorneys can help you determine which members of the surgical team are at fault and hold them accountable for the resulting injuries. In medical malpractice cases, experience is critical. John Day is board-certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, and he also testified in front of the Tennessee Legislature on recent changes to the medical malpractice laws. We employ a nurse on staff full-time to assist with medical questions and issues. And, we know how to get results as we have recovered more than $100 million dollars for our satisfied clients. Contact us today at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787 for a free, no-obligation consultation. If your injuries prevent you from coming to us, we will gladly come to you at the hospital or your home.

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