Open heart surgery in the middle of the street - is it possible?

Open heart surgery is extremelycomplex task requiring the most sterile conditions and the maximum concentration of surgeons. Unfortunately, sometimes these conditions cannot be fully met, as people can simply die on the way to the hospital and it is better to perform the operation on the spot. In this situation, recently doctors from the English city of Durham found themselves - a man was stabbed by a knife that required immediate open heart surgery. Did the surgeons manage to do this?

Rescue team led by surgeon ChrisSmith got to the scene in just 15 minutes, and all this thanks to the developed infrastructure and the presence of helicopters. The surgeon was afraid that the man would not stand the flight to the hospital, so he decided to perform a heart operation right in the middle of the street. In such conditions, to ensure sterility and maximum concentration, of course, it was impossible.

Fortunately, the rescuers managed to make twoholes on both sides of the male chest to let the air out. Then the surgeon cut through the chest and exposed the heart - it turned out that a blood clot had formed around it. This happened due to the fact that the knife wound damaged the pericardium - a tight bag with a heart in it. Despite the complexity of the operation, the rescue team successfully stopped all sources of bleeding and restarted the heart.

Although the man was injured, which certainlyimpact on the quality of his life, he survived. According to Chris Smith, this case proves the importance of the rapid arrival of the rescue team on emergency sites. Fortunately, engineers from all over the world are actively creating vehicles that can reach even the most inaccessible places. For example, Equator Aircraft recently showed a test flight of its P2 Xcursion amphibious aircraft.

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