Crouse Hospital Leaders Respond to Article on Surgical Fire Incident

Three leaders at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., recently wrote a column in The Post-Standard in response to a recent article detailing a surgical fire event that occurred at the hospital two years ago.

According to both reports, a patient in the obstetrical surgical suite suffered a third-degree burn after a surgical cautery instrument ignited a small amount of alcohol-based disinfectant.


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Paul Kronenberg, MD, chief executive officer; Derrick Suehs, chief quality officer; and Elizabeth Hartnett, Esq., chair of Crouse Hospital's board of directors penned a column "about the numerous actions the hospital put in place to not only review how and why this incident occurred, but also to ensure it does not happen again."

Action steps included immediately self-reporting the incident to the state Department of Health and conducting an internal review of policies and procedures the same day of the incident. The hospital also conducted staff education to reduce the risk of surgical fires in the future.

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