Patients Get 'Burned' During Surgery at Oregon Hospital

Operating room lamps burned patients in Oregon, hospital says.

Thanks to unfiltered halogen operating room lights, about 10 Silverton Hospital patients suffered from skin irritations ranging from redness to blistering to "full thickness" burns, according to Silverton Health in Silverton, Oregon. The hospital noticed the problem during a quality review process and said it has since fixed the problem.

“For all of us working in health care, we're in it to help people get better, so it's difficult for us when safety of patients are compromised in any way," Dr. Joseph Huang, chief medical officer, said in a statement. "It's our responsibility to our patients and the communities that we serve that we respond in a transparent and accountable way."