The SAGES Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy program (FUSE): history, development, and purpose.
Surgical fires have the potential to cause considerable patient harm. This commentary traces the history and experience of an educational strategy to improve safety of surgical energy device use. The program utilizes strategies such as certification, online curricula, and mandated education to engage the surgical team in skill enhancement. The authors describe an international example to illustrate how this approach can be implemented to augment surgical patient safety.