Archive September 2012 XIII, No. 9

Staffing - How Do You Prepare for an OR Emergency?

A hospital simulates 4 operating room disasters on mannequins.

Andrew Resnick, MD, MBA, FACS


preparing for disaster FIRE SIMULATION Preparing for disaster can prevent it.

One morning per week, we open our ORs 1 hour late so select surgeons, anesthetists and nurses can gather in our 22,000-square-foot clinical simulation center and review what to do in an emergency. We run 2 to 4 simulated ORs at each session, and assign members from each group to an unknown scenario. At the flash fire simulation, an alcohol-based prep on the neck of a patient (well, a mannequin) who's having a cervical lymph node excised catches fire, and the team performs various mitigation steps.

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