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Me2 in the emergency room!

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Or...why we need more women in the ER surgery room!




...When a gunshot victim arrived at a trauma center in British Columbia two years ago, doctors initially assumed that the case would be fairly straightforward.

The patient, a 39-year-old woman, was responsive at first, even talking, despite having been shot at close range with a shotgun. Bullet fragments had lodged in her chest and her abdomen, but none appeared life-threatening. X-rays also showed a variety of metal around the patient’s body — keys, a cellphone and the like — but doctors figured they were items inside the pockets of a jacket she was still wearing.


Soon, however, the woman’s breathing deteriorated rapidly. She was immediately intubated and rushed to an operating room, where doctors made an alarming discovery after they cut into her body.


“When the surgeon opened her, this thing just literally sprang up at 90 degrees,” Laura Duggan, an anesthesiologist at the University of British Columbia, told The Washington Post in a phone interview.


It appeared to be a metal wire — sharply curved, measuring a half-chest in length — but no one could positively identify it at first.

The surgeon thought it might be “some kind of detonation device” and summoned a nearby police officer, Duggan said. “We’re always thinking in medicine of worst-case scenarios,” she added.

The metal underwire from a bra caused life-threatening complications after a patient was shot. The patient's initial X-rays did not reveal the underwire, doctors say. (Martha DiGiuseppe)


The police officer examined the wire and told doctors that it didn’t look like any sort of explosive he was familiar with. Still, they decided to begin evacuating the operating room out of an abundance of caution.


“We were starting to get people to leave,” Duggan said. “That’s when this nurse came in and said, ‘Hey, that’s an underwire!’ "


Duggan remembers taking a closer look at the patient’s clothing, which had been hastily removed only after she became unstable and was rushed to the operating room. Sure enough, the wire from her bra was missing...




 In this same vein, I have read that women having heart attacks don't do well in the ER as well.

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Lucky it didn't cross her heart and that he surgeons could just lift and separate it out of there..   

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