Environmental emergencies in theatre and critical care areas: power failure, fire, and explosion

Lachlan F Miles, Carlos D Scheinkestel, Glenn Downey

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?Environmental emergencies in the operating theatre and intensive care unit (ICU) pose a risk to the critically ill. ?Fire requires the presence of an oxidant, a fuel, and an ignition source. ?Despite the presence of multiple levels of redundancy, power failures in hospitals still occur. ?Design of operating theatres and ICUs should take into account the possibility of an environmental emergency. ?Successful outcomes from environmental emergencies are predicated on regular staff simulation and training. Staff should be familiar with and follow institutional guidelines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 6
Number of pages6
JournalContinuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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