Halogen lights Burn 10 Silverton Hospital Patients

Silverton Hospital – Silverton, Oregon – Reported By The Associated Press January 15, 2015

About 10 patients at a Marion County hospital — and possibly more — sustained burns because staff didn’t replace filters on lights in three operating rooms, officials at the medical center said Wednesday.

Staff at Silverton Hospital changed diffusers on the halogen lights in September 2013 but left out the filters, officials said. The first cases of skin burns came to the hospital’s attention the following June, said Ray Willey, director of quality and risk services. A hospital investigation pinpointed the cause five months later in November.

As many as 2,100 patients who underwent procedures in the operating rooms during the 14-month period may have been at risk, Willey said.

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