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2003-06-01 04:02:22 PM  
At least they cooked off any potential infection causing bacteria.
2003-06-01 04:07:18 PM  
That is actually a rather common though suprising risk to surgery. The use of Oxygen with anesthesia, paper drapes, and electocautery may have had something to do with it.
2003-06-01 04:57:28 PM  
It's Spontaneous Human Combustion only, they just caught in the nick of time. Now the hospital is trying to cover up the truth...hey you know, that would make a pretty cool X Files episode. A lot better than that episode with all the cows.
2003-06-01 05:01:17 PM  
A MAN is recovering in Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital after sustaining third degree burns while undergoing heart transplant surgery.

The man received burns to his back and head when the operating table caught fire during the operation last week, hospital spokesman Grant Cameron said today.

Doctors successfully completed the surgery, Mr Cameron said.

He said the circumstances leading to the fire were complex and unusual and an investigation was underway.

Flappusmaximus, I don't think third degree burns are so common...

I'd insist on a [image from too old to be available] for this link...
2003-06-01 05:13:22 PM  
Simple. It was the work of La Durca :)

Let's see who gets the reference. And don't Google dammit!
2003-06-01 05:20:27 PM  
okay, so i googled... still got nothin'.

2003-06-01 05:24:45 PM  
I think it was when it was replaced with a baked potato.
2003-06-01 05:25:17 PM  
How much alc was in his blood?
2003-06-01 05:26:44 PM  
Spontaneous Human Combustion.

What more explaination does someone need?
2003-06-01 05:27:37 PM  
...he was possessed by the devil...
2003-06-01 05:28:58 PM  
He was a drummer for Spinal Tap?
2003-06-01 05:29:24 PM  
The 3rd degree burns were there only to cover up the logo of the surgeon's alma matter.
2003-06-01 05:29:58 PM  
I'm calling for a ban on smokers in the operating room. The O.R. is no place for a flaming fag.
2003-06-01 05:30:03 PM  
This is NOT the article you want to read when you're going to have surgery this week.
2003-06-01 05:31:38 PM  
2003-06-01 05:33:09 PM  
Whuccha gonna have burned, I mean surgered Goth?
2003-06-01 05:36:05 PM  
It's not all that unusual for a bovi pen to arc against any and all metal objects in the operational site. Back in the 80's before they had failsafes that cut off the electrocautery/cutting pen should the resistance change people were routinely burned to a chrisp by an improperly placed ground pad or if the pad was not on enough muscle to provide adequite conductivity.
2003-06-01 05:36:21 PM  
It was probably an evil leprechaun. They do these types of things all the time. Trust me, I know.
2003-06-01 05:37:56 PM  
Cold hands, warm hart. Operating table, light a fart.
2003-06-01 05:42:33 PM  
Bovie Burn

Caused by placement of pediatric sized bovie pad on an adult patient. Not safe for work. (Gory)
2003-06-01 05:42:47 PM  
I bet that smelled real nice...burning flesh in a closed room.

Pork skins, anybody?
2003-06-01 05:43:48 PM  
Aww hell here it is..... Stupid lack of HTML skills.
2003-06-01 05:47:16 PM  
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Just getting these out of the way.
2003-06-01 05:48:06 PM  
They have an explanation now.
2003-06-01 05:48:36 PM  
Just a thought, but have they checked the patient for seared medical school initials?
2003-06-01 05:48:42 PM  
Invisible Trogdors.
2003-06-01 05:49:13 PM  
Actually this case in the article is about the anestesia igniting from some reason. This happens every once in awhile. Rare... but it happens.
2003-06-01 05:51:07 PM  
Any one else see the Dilbert TV show?
"Now remember to remove the bandages slowly or he may turn into a charred corpse."
2003-06-01 05:51:24 PM  
Most anesthetics aren't flammible anymore (isoflourane, desaflourane, etc.) Unless they were using stuf left over from the late 70s this shoud never happen.
2003-06-01 05:52:52 PM  
Speaking of human combustion, I like the fat-wicking human candle theory.
2003-06-01 05:52:56 PM  
"Doctors successfully completed the surgery, Mr Cameron said."

um something makes me think not quite so successful as all that...
2003-06-01 06:00:08 PM  
No worries. As long as they have the machine that goes "BING".
2003-06-01 06:08:03 PM  
Phenn - Just beat me to it. Grrrrrr.
2003-06-01 06:10:14 PM  
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"If something should go wrong, let's not get the law involved! One hand washes the other. Oh, that reminds me..."
2003-06-01 06:10:25 PM  
feh. where's the damn boobies?
2003-06-01 06:10:26 PM  
They were giving him one of the new, relatively unknown gas powered artificial hearts. Theyre powered by methane from the patients digestive system. They require supplemental fuel at first but after the patient begins living on a diet of chilidogs and beer they become self-sufficient. It was the starter fuel that caught fire.
2003-06-01 06:10:57 PM  
...and the most expensive machine in the hospital.
2003-06-01 06:11:58 PM  
Where the fark apostrophes go?
2003-06-01 06:12:14 PM  
Round up the usual suspects?
2003-06-01 06:14:32 PM  
That should be "Where the fark did my apostrophes go?" Something's not right with cut and paste. Time for a reboot.
Rat [TotalFark]
2003-06-01 06:15:34 PM  
ok, I'll go out on a limb here and theorize:

whilst putting in a swan-ganz, the anesthesiologist put too much %70 alcohol/iodine on the area for his prep, and then it pooled under the linen that covered the aseptic (read: plastic) pillow.

now, lets see what sort of environment we have here, shall we?

/after 20+ years in surgery, I've learned one thing: always blame it on anesthesia
2003-06-01 06:16:29 PM  
The fire was set by the squatters, baby.
2003-06-01 06:17:33 PM  
2003-06-01 06:21:29 PM  
Rat, I'm guessing you're a general surgeon. ;)
2003-06-01 06:27:01 PM  
"that pillow is smokin'"
2003-06-01 06:33:10 PM  
Who else couldn't stop laughing when they read the story title? :P
/going to hell
2003-06-01 06:38:25 PM  
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"Inflammable means flammable? What a country!"
2003-06-01 06:44:09 PM  
It is obvious to me that this patient's latent-mutant abilities were kicking in to protect him from the scalpel being drawn across his chest. This is why I am such a strong advocate for separate but equal hospitals for mutants.

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2003-06-01 06:45:25 PM  
'Well, thank goodness the transplant has occurred because he was dying beforehand', the patient's wife said.

Now THIS is a woman who has learned to always look on the bright side of life!

/goes away whistling to look for her cross
2003-06-01 06:48:23 PM  
dammit Phenn! I was so hoping to be the one to say that
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