State hospitals ready with surgical instruments for New Year’s eve revelry injuries

December 31, 2011 6:07 am 

By Joel C. Atencio

MANILA, Dec. 30 – Government hospitals are all set Friday night with surgical instruments to deal with firecracker injuries during the New Year’s Eve revelries on Saturday, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

As this developed, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said firecrackers hurt not just the body but the patient’s wallet, citing amputees who must suffer loss of livelihood on top of the costs of medical treatment reaching to P 25,000.

Ona cited a 21-year-old man who had to have a leg amputated after accidentally stepping on a Goodbye Philippines firecracker, which is banned.

Over at East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Diliman, Quezon City, DoH reporters checked out a saw with a narrow blade that appeared like the ones used by craftsmen to make fine furnitures. It will be used in cutting through human bone for firecracker victims on New Year's Eve.

EAMC bone doctors said it was part of an array of surgical tools he prepared as the busiest night of the year for emergency room personnel approached.

There are a large pair of medical pliers, various drills, including a battery-operated one used to drill a large steel pin, a Kirschner wire or "K-wire," to conjoin two segments of a bone fracture. (PNA) RMA/JCA


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