College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-21-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Pamela Schwartz, CRNA, DNP


Background/Significance: Operating room fire is included in a category of “never-events” which are preventable and often result in poor patient outcomes. However, there is currently no standard policy amongst industry organizations regarding the inclusion of fire risk in the operative time out, though all organizations recognize that the risk exists.

Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine the knowledge and attitudes of anesthesia providers on fire risk assessment during time-out in current clinical practice.

Design: A descriptive, cross-sectional design was used.

Methods: Active members of the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists were asked to participate in an online survey. A modified online survey on demographics, knowledge and attitudes on fire risk assessment during operating room time out was sent to the potential participants.

Results: A total of 140 participants completed the survey in this study. The participants reported that they had positive attitudes and higher rates of knowledges on fire risk assessment during time-out. In the knowledge subscale, the dissemination of information related to fire risk assessment during time out has the lowest mean score among all other variables.

Conclusion: The overall knowledge and attitudes reported by CRNAs and SRNAs related to fire risk assessment during time out was found to be largely positive amongst the participants. However, they still need more education on how to disseminate key information related fire risk assessment during operating room time out to improve fire safety practices for health care professionals in the operating room.

SLP Collection


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Nursing Commons