Surgical Fires Caused by Prepping Agents or Surgical Ointments

Alcohol is extremely flammable, and it is often used as an antiseptic in surgical preparation. Other flammable prepping agents include aerosol adhesives, DuraPrep, Tinctures, Merthiolate and degreasers such as acetone. Likewise, a number of surgical ointments can be a fuel source including petroleum jelly, paraffin, Aeroplast, etc. But, the risk of these prepping agents and surgical ointments can be minimized with proper preventative measures including:

  • Allowing prepping solutions to dry before the introduction of any heat source such as an electrocautery device;
  • Closing open containers of flammable solutions and ointments;
  • Shaving the patient's skin to prevent prepping agents from pooling in hair;
  • Appropriately draping the patient so vapors do not accumulate or wick into the linens.

Most surgical fires can be prevented with proper training and procedures and good communication amongst members of the surgical team. So, if you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical fire, one or more members of the surgical team may be to blame, and one of our experienced injury attorneys can help you pursue your right to compensation.

Medical malpractice cases can be complex as the attorney must know not only the law but also understand the underlying medicine. Hiring a lawyer who regularly handles medical malpractice cases can be critical to the outcome of your case. Not only is John Day board-certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, but he also has testified in front of the Tennessee Legislature on recent changes to the medical malpractice laws. In addition to having qualified attorneys, we also have a nurse on staff full-time to address medical issues and questions.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a surgical fire, contact one of our skilled injury attorneys at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866.812.8787 for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.

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