New Joint Commission Quick Safety Report - Preventing light source-related burns from laparoscopy and arthroscopy

Published: 04/20/2023

  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals

The Joint Commission (TJC) has published a Quick Safety report about the potential of laparoscopy and arthroscopy lights causing patient burns. The types of burns created by these devices do not usually create charring or smoke and therefore can go unnoticed.

According to TJC:

  • More than half of the fires/burns-related sentinel events (2019 reporting year and onward) were associated with surgical or invasive procedures, and nearly 15% of those peri-procedural incidents were related to li

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