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Man's chest catches fire during heart surgery


Posted on Monday, 3 June, 2019 | Comment icon 13 comments

Fortunately the fire in this case did not cause any injury. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Surgeons managed to accidentally set a man's chest cavity on fire during an operation in Australia.
The freak accident involved a 60-year-old man who had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and needed emergency surgery for a tear in his aortic artery.

During the procedure, doctors accidentally punctured an area of inflated lung tissue, causing air to leak out and requiring them to give the patient a larger amount of supplemental oxygen.

This, coupled with the use of an electrocautery device, managed to set the surgical gauze on fire.
Fortunately the blaze was extinguished pretty much straight away and the man was not injured. The surgical procedure itself continued as planned and the aortic artery was successfully repaired.

Even so, the case has lead to a review of fire training and fire prevention strategies during surgery.

"Surgeons and anaesthetists need to be aware that fires can occur in the chest cavity if a lung is damaged or there is an air leak for any reason, and that patients with COPD are at increased risk," said study lead author Dr. Ruth Shaylor of the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Austin Health in Melbourne, Australia.

Source: Live Science | Comments (13)

Tags: Surgery, Fire

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Stiff on 3 June, 2019, 19:51
The things people will do to see an old flame.
Comment icon #5 Posted by XenoFish on 3 June, 2019, 21:05
"We need to cauterize it. Nurse, bring the flamethrower."
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then on 3 June, 2019, 22:27
Working in X-Ray, I've stood in on many surgeries and seen some disquieting things but the worst was the smell of the electrocautery device.  Imagine a soldering iron sizzling through pieces and parts that are leaking blood  
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin on 3 June, 2019, 22:49
Dang. Talk about heart-burn...
Comment icon #8 Posted by AllPossible on 4 June, 2019, 2:04
Imagine going into heart surgery & waking up to being on fire. Wow. "Your not in hell Bob, your on freaking fire on the operating table!!!"
Comment icon #9 Posted by TripGun on 4 June, 2019, 16:51
Cauterized
Comment icon #10 Posted by Gary Meadows on 4 June, 2019, 20:11
Ugh the jokes... ..... Ugh.
Comment icon #11 Posted by LucidElement on 7 June, 2019, 13:34
Does that count for really bad heart burn? (disregard - Pallidin beat me to it lol)
Comment icon #12 Posted by LucidElement on 7 June, 2019, 13:35
damn hahahah i just saw you posted that lol .. i said same thing just now!
Comment icon #13 Posted by XenoFish on 7 June, 2019, 13:47
You mean being a machinist and welder. 


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