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Operating Theatres: Fire Prevention

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 114183, tabled on 11 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to classify surgical fires in operating theatres as a Never Event.

Answered on

24 November 2020

There are no plans to classify surgical fires in operating theatres as Never Events.

Never Events are defined as Serious Incidents that are wholly preventable because guidance or safety recommendations that provide strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national level and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers.

Strong systemic protective barriers are defined as barriers that must be successful, reliable and comprehensive safeguards or remedies. There is currently no national guidance or safety recommendations that provides such safeguards to prevent surgical fires in operating theatres. These types of incidents cannot therefore be defined as a Never Event.