Around 650 sur­gi­cal fires are re­ported yearly in Amer­ica, though many are be­lieved to fall un­der the radar.

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the na­ture of the op­er­a­tion were also cen­sored, the news­pa­per re­ports.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in De­cem­ber 2014 amid a 'fail­ure' in com­mu­ni­ca­tions 'be­tween the sur­geon and anes­the­si­ol­o­gist,' who, the re­port said, was not aware the in­stru­ment would be used 'in the pres­ence of oxy­gen.'

The heav­ily redacted re­port said: 'When the sur­geon used the (redacted) in the pres­ence of oxy­gen, there was a spark es­ca­lat­ing to a sur­gi­cal fire that in­volved the (redacted) and the (redacted) and the pa­tient.'

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were told that a fire-risk as­sess­ment had been car­ried out be­fore the surgery.

But the Depart­ment of Health de­clared an ‘im­me­di­ate jeop­ardy sit­u­a­tion’ on De­cem­ber 30, 2014 when they found no ev­i­dence of an ‘im­me­di­ate plan’ to stop a re­peat of the in­ci­dent.

Around 650 sur­gi­cal fires are re­ported yearly in Amer­ica, though many are be­lieved to fall un­der the radar, and there is no na­tional database doc­u­ment­ing the cases.

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