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Surgical training program aims to reduce OR fires

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons launched the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy program designed to educate surgeons and affiliated staff about the safe use of surgical energy-based devices in the OR, endoscopic suite and other procedural areas.

The FUSE training program includes an interactive Web-based, multimedia-enhanced didactic curriculum that is available free online at and covers fundamental principles of electrosurgical devices, practical aspects of commonly used energy devices in various settings, integration of energy systems with other devices, as well as prevention of OR fires, among other topics.

“One safety issue the FUSE program addresses is surgical fires, which occur several hundred times in the U.S. annually,” Daniel B. Jones, MD, chairman of the FUSE Task Force, said in a news release. “It is important to note that approximately two-thirds of these OR fires involve electrosurgical equipment.”

The gap in OR safety prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011 to initiate a “Preventing Surgical Fires” initiative to increase awareness, according to the release. Around that same time, SAGES formed the FUSE Task Force, with participation by experts from the Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, and American Urological Association, to tackle the problem from a didactic perspective.

“We needed this collaboration to evaluate our professional perspectives on fire safety,” Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director/CEO of AORN, said in the release. “In the OR, the surgeon provides the heat source, the anesthesiologist provides the gases and the nurse controls the fuel. Now we share a common educational platform with a complete understanding of each other’s role. Cross-functional education and shared curriculum lead to better outcomes in surgery and a safer environment for the healthcare professionals.”

Testing for the FUSE certification exam will be available at regional FUSE Test Centers, the SAGES annual meeting, the ACS Clinical Congress and specially designated FUSE testing events.

For more information about the FUSE program, visit

By | 2014-09-25T00:00:00-04:00 September 25th, 2014|Categories: National|0 Comments

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