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Timothy Hollenbeck

and Erikka L. Washington

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date: 22 October 2019

Safety is paramount in the operating room, and all areas where perioperative care is administered. Anesthesiologists must have a thorough understanding of all risks and potential hazards within the working environment in order to best protect the patient and the patient’s family, the operating room personnel as well as themselves. This chapter provides a basic summary of the properties of electrical circuits, types of currents and their hazards, shock prevention, grounding, sources of operating room fires, monitoring devices, and current safety regulations. By understanding these key concepts, potentially dangerous scenarios can be prevented. However, should a hazardous situation occur such knowledge will allow immediate identification and resolution of the problem.

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