Hand drill brain surgery
March 31, 2008 §
BBC has an interesting story about a British neurosurgeon who regularly travels to Ukraine to share his expertise and help with difficult operations.
In lack of surgical equipment the Ukrainian surgeons improvise, using a domestic Bosch hand drill for making the holes in the patient’s cranium during brain surgery.
There’s some interesting video footage from an awake craniotomy where the drill is in use. Remembering my own experience from a similar operation, I can’t imagine what the patient must be thinking. Probably just happy to get the operation done, despite the unconventional tool.
Dr. Henry Marsh always brings with him disused equipment from his own hospital to Ukraine. A drill bit that was thrown away after a single use in Britain, has been serving for ten years in the Ukrainian OR.
Makes you think of all the sturdy metal single-use staplers thrown away everyday. How many years would they last if reused?