Hospital Patient Burned In Mid-Surgery Explosion When Laser Ignites Fart

Submitted by: trimble 11 months ago in Science
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How's that for a headline!? Apparently, a patient in Tokyo farted during cervix surgery, which ignited a fire that led to burns all over her body, so don't laugh. OK, you can laugh a little -- a sensible chuckle, if you will.

The incident happened this past April, but the Tokyo Medical University Hospital report was n't released until October 28 after experts (fart experts?) concluded that there were no flammable materials present during the surgery.

An excerpt from the NY Daily News:

"When the patient's intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser," the report states, "and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire."

A committee of experts charged with investigating the incident ruled that there were no other flammable materials present at the time of surgery and the equipment that was used did not malfunction, leading them to believe the woman's flatulence was the culprit.

There are 9 comments:
Male 303
This has got to be the weirdest surgery malady of the year.
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Male 1,687
As a youth I had the thrill of seeing a fart or two lighted on fire, (blame 14 and 15 year olds camping unsupervised) and I'm surprised that she produced so much gas that it started a fire, it must have been quite a sight.
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Male 252
I work in the OR, the article really doesn't describe much. Here we use damp towels so if the laser does hit it, there will be no flame. Surgical drapes are quiet flammable and I can see this causing smouldering which could cause serious burns.
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Male 4,953
Don't ask me how I know this--I forget where I read it--but there's actually a hospital procedure used to remove methane (i.e., farts) from patients' bowels. It invoves a cylindrical plastic medical device with holes in the sides that's inserted up the rectum. Surgical rubber tubing is used to feed the gas out of the body into a small jar filled with liquid disinfectant, where the bubbling tells the nurse or doctor that they've found the gas pockets. Usually this is done after a patient has had general anaesthesia or has taken opiate-based pain relievers that have shut down the peristalsis that would ordinarily push the gas out. Sounds like it might be wise to do this procedure before pointing any lasers at the nether regions to avoid any more Hindenburg-esque accidents. ("Oh, the humanity!")
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Male 4,153
The link I sent in originally from themirroruk seems to claim the surgery was done by robots. Could have been a prank by mean robots. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/hospital-patient-seriously-burnt-after-9167044
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Male 406
Also the patient was a gas-powered robot with a leaky tank. :-)
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Male 3,213
Can you say, Ca-ching? Sure you can.
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Male 3,684
im not saying that it isnt is how they say it is, im just saying its rather convenient to blame a fire during a surgery on a fart, especially in japan. i know nothing about radiation lasers, but apparently from what im being told by "experts" from japan, a human fart is enough to ignite a radiation laser and start a fire. if thats the case, we really need to take more precautions when using radiation lasers during surgery. but it kind of sounds to me like the hospital is trying to shirk away from any and all responsibilities. maybe im wrong, maybe no matter what this lady has a huge settlement coming her way, but im not entirely sure about that since the "experts" have said it was her fart that started the fire. im just saying that when a hospital in japan tries to blame a fire on a fart, that sounds a little sketchy (in all honesty, if this happened anywhere on earth besides japan, i wouldnt be questioning it). if that is actually what happened, then ok, thats weird, but lets make sure we have better safety measures for radiation laser surgery in the future. im keeping my eye on you japan.
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Male 3,213
Right there with ya bud, on all points. Now ya gots two of us Japan, keepin our eyes on ya.
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