A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Emergency Surgery

This home video may not be suitable for the queasy.



Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Golly, that was amazing. The rib spreader was the bit that made me most squirmy, but I fought through it. Oh, the saw thing, too. It's amazing, though, isn't it? It's incredible what people can live through these days, since people like you have the intestinal fortitude to get in there and fix wot got screwed up. Interesting video!

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Will said...

With all the powered surgical equipment these days, I was surprised to see the hand-cranked chest spreader. Was the air powered cutter a circular or reciprocating blade, or perhaps a nibler type?

6:47 AM  
Anonymous WROlsen said...

Great teamwork, with the senior surgeon guiding the procedure with a minimum of fuss. I assume the outcome was good and the patient learned not to get in harms way again.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

The chest saw has an air powered reciprocating blade, similar to a jigsaw, except the blade does not go beneath the guard at the bottom of the saw. The guard fits underneath the sternum. Upward pressure is applied while cutting to lift the sternum away from the pericardium.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Angus Lincoln said...

I'm not sure what dr.'s and nurses who do that type of thing get paid, but I'm sure it's not enough.I find it fascinating and incredible. I have the highest regard for those capable of reaching that level of health care.
As a chef/meat cutter, I can identify with that....sort of.(the skill, not the pay!)

9:38 PM  

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