New York – During a tracheotomy procedure at the Lincoln hospital in New York, the head surgeon accidentally put the patient’s head on fire.
NDJ World | Published: May 08 2012 Health
When 52 year old Enrique Ruiz was placed on the surgery table to have an breathing tube inserted into his neck, he received 2nd degree burn wounds to his head and chest when a surgeon accidentally put him on fire. Strangely enough the incident was never documented or reported.
The burn wounds were caused when surgeon Jay Yelon placed his electronic scalpel to make an incision with in the neck area, too close to the oxygen delivery tube, thereby causing an fiery explosion.
Before the fire could be extinguished, Ruiz suffered from 2nd degree burns on his head and chest.
When the patient woke up he felt excruciating pain on chest. “It feels like my chest is burning,” Ruiz told his brother.
Ruiz underwent the surgery on April 19th but his medical records do not mention anything about the accident.
Dr. Yelon stated that the flames were put out without putting the patient in danger.
An investigation has begun into the accident because the doctors failed to properly report the incident.
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