Birth wind and fire: Raising awareness to operating room fires during delivery

Omer Wolf*, Oren Weissman, Moti Harats, Nimrod Farber, Demetris Stavrou, Ariel Tessone, Isaac Zilinsky, Eyal Winkler, Josef Haik

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: We researched whether the obstetric operating room (OR) qualified as a fire-risk environment so as to take preventive measures accordingly. Methods: We analyzed a series of iatrogenic burns inflicted during birth by collecting clinical data and comparing it with known OR fire risk factors and with other factors that repeated in all cases in search of unique characteristics of the obstetric OR. Results: All three cases shared in common the same type of oxygen-rich open ventilation system, alcohol-based prepping solution, and the hastiness of cesarean delivery while spontaneous vaginal delivery was already in progress. Conclusion: The obstetric OR is, as suspected, a fire-prone zone in more ways than the regular OR. Therefore, preventive measures should be undertaken and awareness for the possibility for such occurrences should be raised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1305
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Cancer InstituteU01CA117378


    • Burns
    • Cesarean section
    • Operating room fire


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