The laser time out; ensuring safe operation of lasers in the operating room suite

Marthalane M. Ryan, Shari McCormick, Sharli Schaitberger, Barb Baldea, Michael L. Hinni

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Abstract

Airway fires in the surgical suite are catastrophic and deadly. When there is a combination of an endotracheal (ET) tube filled with oxygen and an ignition source such as a laser, the standard ET tube acts like a blowtorch in the patient's trachea. These tubes can be ignited at oxygen levels as low as 26% [1]. Laser safety programs should incorporate measures to isolate the triad that is present in all Operating Room (OR) fires: a source of oxygen, fuel, and ignition. Although safety hazards are inherent when lasers are used in the OR, they can be significantly reduced, if not eliminated, if proper procedures are implemented and adhered to whenever a laser is utilized in the OR. This article reviews the safety hazards and the implementation of a "Laser Time Out" to allow for the safe use of lasers in the Operating Room.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference
Pages213-216
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 International Laser Safety Conference: The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Mar 18 2013Mar 21 2013

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Other2013 International Laser Safety Conference: The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period3/18/133/21/13

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Operating rooms
Lasers
Oxygen
Ignition
Hazards
Fires
Laser safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Ryan, M. M., McCormick, S., Schaitberger, S., Baldea, B., & Hinni, M. L. (2013). The laser time out; ensuring safe operation of lasers in the operating room suite. In The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference (pp. 213-216)

The laser time out; ensuring safe operation of lasers in the operating room suite. / Ryan, Marthalane M.; McCormick, Shari; Schaitberger, Sharli; Baldea, Barb; Hinni, Michael L.

The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference. 2013. p. 213-216.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ryan, MM, McCormick, S, Schaitberger, S, Baldea, B & Hinni, ML 2013, The laser time out; ensuring safe operation of lasers in the operating room suite. in The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference. pp. 213-216, 2013 International Laser Safety Conference: The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013, Orlando, FL, United States, 3/18/13.
Ryan MM, McCormick S, Schaitberger S, Baldea B, Hinni ML. The laser time out; ensuring safe operation of lasers in the operating room suite. In The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference. 2013. p. 213-216
Ryan, Marthalane M. ; McCormick, Shari ; Schaitberger, Sharli ; Baldea, Barb ; Hinni, Michael L. / The laser time out; ensuring safe operation of lasers in the operating room suite. The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference. 2013. pp. 213-216
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