Australian Doctor Uses Household Drill to Save Boy

  1. australian doctor uses household drill to save boy

    melbourne, australia - a doctor in rural australia used a handyman's power drill to bore a hole into the skull of a boy with a severe head injury, saving his life.[/quote][quote]

    nicholas rossi fell off his bike on friday in the small victoria state city of maryborough, hitting his head on the pavement, his father, michael, said wednesday. by the time rossi got to the hospital, he was slipping in and out of consciousness.
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  3. by   JeanettePNP
    Carson did not immediately respond to messages left Wednesday by The Associated Press. The hospital said he was busy delivering a baby.
    Wow, he really is a jack of all trades!
  4. by   Aneroo
    Quote from ChayaN
    Wow, he really is a jack of all trades!
    I really laughed out loud when I read that line in the article. He seems like a very humble doctor.
  5. by   StNeotser
    I suppose he just wiped the drill bit off with an alcohol swab and in he went?

    I think that country doctors in rural areas probably have to be a bit innovative and a jack of all trades.
  6. by   mcleanl
    brilliant!
  7. by   Kookie2412
    Thank god fear of possible negative consequences didn't stop him from taking this action! Bravo! :b
  8. by   Aneroo
    Quote from Kookie2412
    Thank god fear of possible negative consequences didn't stop him from taking this action! Bravo! :b
    Rapid death vs. risk of infection--- Easy!
  9. by   nerdtonurse?
    When I did a OR clinical, I swore that I saw some drills I'd seen in Home Depot...maybe I was right!
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    Cool. But not surprising - Stryker makes a lot of surgical stuff.

  11. by   GadgetRN71
    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    When I did a OR clinical, I swore that I saw some drills I'd seen in Home Depot...maybe I was right!
    Yep, you're right! The drills and saws we use in Ortho are very similar to what you find in a hardware store...I'm able to do a lot of my own construction/fix-it stuff because of my Ortho experience!
  12. by   Grace Oz
    We don't muck around here, us Aussie's are an ingenious mob!

    And ..... unlike some countries, we're not into suing at the drop of a hat! That's why we are the magnificent country that we are!
  13. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from Grace Oz
    We don't muck around here, us Aussie's are an ingenious mob!

    And ..... unlike some countries, we're not into suing at the drop of a hat! That's why we are the magnificent country that we are!
    In this case I'd say the praise is well-deserved. Nothing like a little ingenuity and quick thinking in a tough situation.
  14. by   Teresag_CNS
    Quote from SquirrelRN71
    Yep, you're right! The drills and saws we use in Ortho are very similar to what you find in a hardware store...I'm able to do a lot of my own construction/fix-it stuff because of my Ortho experience!
    Ha! My students are always shocked when I describe orthopedic surgery for the first time. I call orthopods "glorified carpenters" and that always gets a laugh. (No offense to the orthopods in the room.)

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