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Type: Journal article
Title: Surgical fires and alcohol-based skin preparations
Author: Tooher, R.
Maddern, G.
Simpson, J.
Citation: ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2004; 74(5):382-385
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1445-1433
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Rebecca Tooher, Guy J. Maddern and John Simpson
Abstract: Alcohol-based skin preparations are known to be flammable. Their use continues despite a significant level of risk. Two cases of fires resulting from ignition of pooled alcohol-based skin preparations are reported. Both cases were associated with use of electrocautery for haemostasis. The literature is reviewed and recommendations are made to reduce the risk of further similar occurrences.
Keywords: Alcohol-based skin preparation
Description: The definitive version is available at
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-1433.2004.02997.x
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