Dr. Andy

Reflections on medicine and biology among other things

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Burr holes

Grunt Doc has a great post about an ED physician who used an "over-the-counter" power drill to drill a hole in a patient skull and relieve pressure caused by an intracranial bleed. I've thankfully never had to perform this procedure.

The first instruction from a how-to paper.

(1) A sense of historical proportion. Drilling a hole in the head is
just the boring (sorry) start to most neurosurgical days. Trephination was
practised safely in the Stone Age. So relax


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