Perioperative Fire Safety Trivia Quiz!

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Perioperative Fire Safety Trivia Quiz!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The average estimated number of surgical fires every year in the United States is:
    • A. 

      20 to 30

    • B. 

      200 to 240

    • C. 

      700 to 1000

    • D. 

      2000 to 2500

  • 2. 
    Choose the FALSE statement about perioperative fire prevention and management plans.
    • A. 

      They should be developed by a multidisciplinary group of key stakeholders.

    • B. 

      They should describe key content and frequency of fire safety education activities.

    • C. 

      They should specify policies and procedures for fire prevention and response.

    • D. 

      They generally are not needed unless required by a health care facility’s insurance policy.

  • 3. 
    The three components of the fire triangle are oxidizing source, ignition source, and fuel source.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    The three overriding principles of the operating room fire safety are:
    • A. 

      Awareness, communication, teamwork

    • B. 

      Oxidizing source, heat source, fuel source

    • C. 

      Inspect, check, respond

    • D. 

      Prevent, extinguish, evacuate

  • 5. 
    Examples of ignition sources include:
    • A. 

      Electrocautery units and active electrosurgical electrodes

    • B. 

      Fiber-optic light cords

    • C. 

      Lasers

    • D. 

      A, b and c

  • 6. 
    Oxidizing sources in the operating room include:
    • A. 

      Oxygen

    • B. 

      Nitrous oxide

    • C. 

      Carbon dioxide

    • D. 

      A and b

  • 7. 
    Fuel sources in the operating room include:
    • A. 

      Gauze sponges

    • B. 

      Floor glue

    • C. 

      Scrubs

    • D. 

      Surgical instruments

  • 8. 
    Perioperative registered nurses and scrub personnel have primary control over which component of the fire triangle during an operating or other invasive procedure?
    • A. 

      Oxidizing sources

    • B. 

      Fuel sources

    • C. 

      Ignition sources

    • D. 

      A and b

  • 9. 
    Which of the following fire safety practices should be implemented when a laser is used during surgery?
    • A. 

      Keep wet towels and saline on the sterile field

    • B. 

      Place moist sterile towels, sponges, and drapes around the surgical site

    • C. 

      Use standard endotracheal tubes for upper airway procedures involving laser

    • D. 

      Allow fumes from flammable solutions to dissipate before activating the laser

    • E. 

      A, b, and d only

  • 10. 
    Which type of fire extinguisher is most appropriate to extinguish a fire on or in a patient?
    • A. 

      Carbon dioxide extinguisher

    • B. 

      Ammonium phosphate or other dry powder extinguisher

    • C. 

      Water mist extinguisher

    • D. 

      Foam extinguisher

  • 11. 
    Patients and personnel must be evacuated because of an operating room fire. The proper order of steps to take is:
    • A. 

      Alarm, confine/contain, rescue, evacuate

    • B. 

      Rescue, alarm, confine/contain, evacuate

    • C. 

      Rescue, evacuate, alarm, confine/contain

    • D. 

      Confine/contain, alarm, rescue, evacuate

    • E. 

      Alarm, rescue, evacuate, confine/contain

  • 12. 
    A scrubbed perioperative registered nurse observes a fire start on a patient in the operating room. After alerting the team, the nurse should immediately:
    • A. 

      Obtain and operate the nearest fire extinguisher by using the PASS technique

    • B. 

      Pat the flames with a drape

    • C. 

      Smother the fire with a towel or pour nonflammable liquid on the fire

    • D. 

      Lift the patient and transport him or her out of the room

    • E. 

      Turn off the oxygen source

  • 13. 
    If an airway fire occurs, perioperative team members should be prepared to help the anesthesia professional do which of the following:
    • A. 

      Disconnect and remove the anesthesia circuit and turn off the flow of oxygen

    • B. 

      Remove the endotracheal tube from the airway, including any burned fragments

    • C. 

      Pour saline or water into the airway

    • D. 

      Examine and re-establish the airway

    • E. 

      Assess the surgical field for secondary fire

    • F. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    Fire blankets should NOT be used in the operating room because they:
    • A. 

      Are made of wool, which can catch fire in an oxygen-enriched environment

    • B. 

      Can cause wound contamination or move instruments at the surgical site

    • C. 

      Can trap fire next to or under a patient

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      B and c

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