Sitting In the Hospital

So this is the third time I've tried to type this post... Let's go for it again. (I think it's the hospital's wifi not wanting to load pages...) I was admitted here yesterday for a collapsed lung. "Spontaneous pneumothorax." They told me thats what I had, then drug me over here. The surgeon stuck a tube in my side, and, well... here I sit. So how has everyone else's weekend gone so far? Hopefully I will be out tomorrow. Wednesday at the latest.

Posted by its a lion 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I will try to be back by Friday 6/13/08 or Sat 6/14/08

Ok, well I have to take a special shower with this specially skunk oil smelling antiseptic liquid soap, and again in about 6 hours, when I get up, before rushing into the hospital.....Good night all.....be back in about a week or so....

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Hospital Gown for Kids

This is a GREAT idea; why didn't i think of that?! Everybody....vote for it!!!!

Posted by lbailey825 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Just returned from the hospital.....

Last night at work, I started having chest pains and pressure, and so spent the night in the hospital getting it checked out.   AFAIK, it turned out not to be heart related, but they still want to run a stress/echo-C test just to be sure. At this point, we are not sure what caused the pain/pressure for 14 hours.  But it is good to know it is probably NOT my heart :-)  ADDENDUM: .the Heart Cath, prep and procedure take up much of a day's time (started at 10 am and got out of the hospital by 4:45 PM). And I was completely wiped out mentally and physically by then. All went fairly well, they found one artery about 70% clogged but not enough apparently to need a balloon or stent (shrug), so I will be "watched" for awhile. So, thankfully, no "extended" stay at the hospital this time around. I will be going back to work in Monday even.

Posted by Goodhart 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Craft project ideas for hospitalized patients

The mission of The Crafting for Charity Club is to assist other charitable organizations and nonprofit groups by providing craft skills education and organizing the creation of handmade arts and crafts. That being said, we have been asked to make craft kits and teach craft skills to bed ridden patients at a local hospital. This will be a long-term thing for us and we need as many ideas as we can get. Another thing we need to consider is projects for parents to work on with their kids. We've got the following ideas so far: scrapbook kits crocheting knitting card making embroidery/cross stitch making games jewelry We've been told we could even make playdough and silly putty! While we have general ideas, we could use as much help as we can get for specific instructions. This isn't something we're going to sell these things, they are purely for use in charitable purposes. That being said, we will likely post our patterns in our members only section of our website.

Posted by auntwrenny 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My second trip to NRPH

So these are just a few photos from my trip to Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital. This time i went on a bad day for this as it was raining for a good part of the day and was able to go into the wards. But we had to leave as it sounded as if people were walking around....so enjoy the photos the next time i go i might go into the tunnels and should have a better camera right now im just using my phone for these.

Posted by tubanator-2.0 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


To All my Friends and Acquaintances

At this moment, I am awaiting for the doctor's office to open so I can give them another call. My back has been hurting me since the Friday before Labor Day weekend, and getting increasingly worse since. The insurance I have was only allowing for pain medication, and then finally approved an X-ray which, of course, did not show anything concerning my formerly herniated disks. I have been awaiting the insurance company's approval to get the MRI that will tell the doctor what is REALLY going on with my back. If this gets delayed until I am paralyzed, the insurance company will have to be held responsible, as it would be because of their delay. Since I am having difficulties even sitting here in front of the computer, I will keep this short. If I stop posting for a 24 hour period, you can assume I have gone to the hospital for an operation (which will not happen before they examine an MRI). I don't know what else to do......but at this point, the pain meds don't even work well enough to allow me to sleep. Just wanted to get an FYI out here, so you didn't worry if I do become unable to get to a computer for a few days or weeks. BTW: I will be going completely crazy without being able to get in here, you all are like my extended family. First update: MRI has been taken, but will hear nothing before Friday or perhaps *sigh* Monday. Second update: MRI showed a definitive bulge (herniation) pressing heavily against my spinal column. This time around, it will probably have to be removed and the bones fused to keep me going... UPDATE 2.491 - Supplemental Nothing will be accomplished during the weekend, as far as my back is concerned. At least we have found a reasonable combination of meds to keep the pain at bay until I get to see the Neurosurgeon (and hopefully, there will be no need to see the Oncologist). UPDATE 3 - : It is very early in the morning (5:16 am) and I can not sleep. I have to await the doctor's call hoping it will come before my pulmonary appointment ( C-pap refitting). And if not, hoping I can get a refill on the pain meds that have been just barely keeping the pain below the screaming all the time level. So I can tolerate the wait until I get to see the neurosurgeon. UPDATE 3.274 - supplemental: I will be out and about (different doc appts.) most of this morning and into the afternoon. I will check in as soon as I know something. UPDATE 4: I have an appointment to see the neurosurgeon's BUT it isn't for another 6 days or so. This is very aggravating that something this painful and this life-invasive (keeping me from work) can't be taken care of sooner. UPDATE 4.129 - Supplemental: A followup letter from the doctor informs me of another reason the pain is greater this time, then last time: I have two herniated discs. *sigh* The fun of aging just never ends, does it? UPDATE 5: The therapy IS helping relieve the pressure on the disc by  supporting the spine through stronger muscles.  I am getting relief finally, and should be back to work Nov. 6th, at the latest. UPDATE 6: I had a minor relapse on Oct. 30th, on the right hand side, but things seem to be back on track now again. Thank you all for your support ! Some information about what MAY be done next. Final link Below is an illustration...      

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do you make a maternity hospital gown for someone when they are having their baby in the hospital?

I would love to learn how to make a maternity gown for my BFF when she has her baby in a few months. Can someone do a tutorial?

Asked by SydsLilShop 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What would be a good idea for a fundraiser? And how do you start one? Answered

My church read about Katie's Helping Hand and everybody thought is was pretty neat how somebody so young started such a successful fundraiser. I need to know how to start one we are thinking of ideas but nobody really had any.

Asked by Bert99 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wood gasifiers and safety - Carbon Monoxide poisoning - hospital

Sorry if it is in the wrong section of the forum. If it can be moved to a better place then do so. This is a quick mention to anyone that is playing around with any burners such as:    wood gas generator    bio-gas    wood gasifier    'hobo' stove I am not severely concerned but it did happen, I think it needs a mention, as it is for everyone's safety. After playing with wood gas and attempting methanol creation from a small gasifier unit for a few weeks, I had started to realize that each day I had a most annoying headache / migrane in my frontal area of my brain / head. They ended up getting so bad that my body could not tolerate them anymore and started to go into shock, causing a rather painful, endless throwing up session for many hours each time even.  It came to a point where after 3 weeks of playing with a bio-gas generator for about 4 hours a day had started to lead me into temporary blindness an hour and a half at a time. This was when I was concerned as I could not read any more instructables :( After a quick jot to the local doctors, I explained what I had been up to and I was correct. I had given myself the rather classic, and very close to death, carbon-monoxide poisoning where my doctor insisted I go to emergency at the hospital ( 2 hours away ) immediately and have someone else drive me. Pretty much equivalent to staying inside a garage with your car running for 5 hours, all the doors closed. I was very close to severe carbon monoxide poisoning and death.  At the hospital, blood was taken, analysed, and they had discovered large traces of C02 that they attempted to flush with some oxygen, but this only works to a point and they mentioned that nothing else could be done apart from telling me not to use or be near any smoke sources for at least 3 weeks and I should recover fine. I am still playing with my wood gas generators, and attempting to make methanol, but these days, after 3 days ago, I take further safety precautions to make sure it wont happen again. Such as: ventilation / exhaust fan ( I WAS OUTSIDE WHEN I WAS POISONED! DONT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY! ) keep a distance, find a better way to ignite / extinguish the burner keep your face and body out of the smoke dont watch the flames / smoke from above for any longer than 2 seconds do not taunt the Criosote by-product of wood. I am not sure which is more toxic. The smoke or this.   ( criosote / bio-crude, whatever you want to call it, it is the condensate of the burner unit containing more chemicals, very stinky) do not store criosote indoors withough a sealable container ( the smell likes to soak into things, like my kitchen ) if you know what you are doing, keep oxygen tank nearby use all protective clothing and masks, etc. There was a small arrogance in my head when playing with these units. And that is simply that I was thinking 'it is just smoke'. Wood gas generators are generating a much more toxic smoke than just sitting around your camping fire and should not be considered to be something to play with, without proper valves, pipes, burn off points etc. It contains on some scale: carbon-monoxide, methane, acids ( acetic ), tar and many other defects that will cause you issues if you are not careful. Keep it safe guys, this was a rather difficult one for explination, but I do not want someone other than me to be in that same sickness / position as I was with the poisoning, as it is the most painful experience I had yet had.  Worse than me hitting a tree head on at 80km/h. Worse than falling 2 stories off a cliff onto rocks. Worse than being hit by a car and thrown over it's windscreen. Worse than the feeling of an unsuccessful home made rocket launch. All of these above I have had happen to me, and the poisoning was by far the worst and I was scared more for my life than than any above accidents. It is not a very nice feeling, it is a deathly, sickly, useless feeling, blindness is not far away from death if found in this situation. Oxygen / fresh air is the only thing to help you if poisoned, even if in hospital. Keep it safe guys. If you want me to write up a full on poster on wood-gas / wood-heater safety I can or even just a propper write - up on general safety with this smoke and the wood gas units etc. Ask please and I will. Hospital staff will most likely give you 'items of interest' for instructables if you just ask them too. I have a heap of things from a stethoscope to vials to 'red dots' for homemade ECG machines. They tend to like crazies like me that make weird stuffs .. i hope ive gotten the point across anyway.   

Posted by AtomRat 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


My first visit to NRPH.

Well i was able to get into Northville Regional Pyshciatric Hospital...(which is "illegal" and should "never" be done if you get my drift)so let me say if your in SE MI and haven't been their id advise you do it's something you can't replicate...the dead silence like theres no sound.....and it's a beautiful view from the A bldg sky-tower and if you want any help to just get into the complex i'd be glad to help you out... quick note ..make sure you check where you step and what you touch..also bring a small medical kit and make sure you have ALL cuts coverd when you enter...this was a hospital....also beware the steam tunnels since the power was turned of there is no lights down their so please be carefull and bring a flashlight..

Posted by tubanator-2.0 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Where can I get chloraform and/or tranquilizer darts?

Don't ask questions on why I need this. Just know that it will ultimatly make the world a safer place for children. Where can I get my hands on some chloraform and/or tranquilizer darts?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What can I make out of a hospital gurney?

I have an old hospital/ER gurney similar to the one pictured minus the padding. Originally I planned to scrap it but it is just to nice. It has a very easy/smooth hydraulic lift and lower mechanism (non electrical) and it can be angled either direction (head up or down). The wheels are large and sturdy and can be locked. I hate to just scrap this when I know someone more creative than I can think of a way to convert the hydraulics into something cool/useful. Just to clarify: you use your foot to pump up the bed and press another foot pedal to lower it. Thanks for any help!!

Asked by nasus123 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


fun question # 3!

Well this one wouldnt be that fun but so what. would you rather die drowning or a slow and painful death in a hospital.

Posted by Easy Button 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how do I set up a donation account for someone who is hospitalized?

We live in WA state and are trying to set up a donation account for someone on life support. The family needs help with medical bills, the cost of cremation and a memorial service. The bank said to go to the Washington State website and obtain a tax id number, but I am not able to find this anywhere.

Asked by sarahb31 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What to do with pager?

Hey everyone,I got a pager from a hospital (the kind they use at restaurants too to tell you when your table is ready), here's an example: http://www.pager.net/Long-Range-Systems/coaster-pager.html . I accidentally forgot to give it back when I left the hospital and they didn't want it back. So now I'm thinking about what I can do with it. Do any of you have a cool idea for a project that I could make with this?

Posted by wimmulder 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


food fight

Today at school there was a huge food fight and somehow some kids got hurt. There are 7 people hurt and one in the hospital. There was about 10 arrests and now the rest of the school year is f***ed up for us.

Posted by Pat Sowers 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


making molded toys from silicone?

Does anyone know how to 'melt'/liquify silicone. I want to to this to Foley catheters(yellow urine tubes used in hospitals) then pour the silicone into molds of M.U.S.C.L.E men toys. Any advice

Asked by Ivar Naraknas 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


My biggest childhood crisis!!!

That reminds me one time I got a bead stuck up my nose it was up so far you couldn't feel it if you stuck your finger as far up as you could. that night I went to a hospital and it took 4 nurses to hold me down while they stuck small vacuums up my nose. ( I was actually over powering the nurses and I was only 7 years old.) I could see blood going up the vacuums tubes.... all failed that night so I want home and went to bed. the next morning my mom took me to a eyes nose and ears doctor ad he just numbed my nose with a little dropper and suck a piece of curved metal up there (I still screamed a lot but I tried not too move) and hooked it around the bead and he pulled it right out. one try. it felt so weird with that thing up my nose. on the way home my mom took me to toys 'R' us and bought me two lego sets. I was like "oh yeah"!!!!

Posted by the_burrito_master 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Disabled Veterans

Disabled Veterans have given all of us a major chunk of their lives. Some are left with the ability to do little else but to sit at a table and make wallets, picture frames or stained glass. My local VA Hospital supports a craft program so I have introduced its staff to the Instructables in hopes that they will not only find projects on the Instructables that our guys can do at a table but that our guys might be able to teach us. Please get out your camera and note pad and visit your own local VA Hospital or other support group and see if they might be interested in doing the same thing. It's a great way to help our Vets and a great way to help the rest of us.

Posted by watermelon 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Attach a Nellcore Probe to an Ohmeda PulseOximeter? Answered

Hi. Does anybody have an idea on how to connect a Nellcor Probe to an Ohmeda PulseOximeter? Or can anybody point me out to a pinout of the Ohmeda Pulseoximeter? Reason for this is that our hospital recently received a donation of Ohmeda machines and all we have are Nellcor Probes available.

Asked by 1213441 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


When it rains, it pours......

Early this morning, during another bout with pneumonia, my Mother in law (my wife's Mom) passed away. I am at a loss for both words and feelings at the moment, please forgive me if I seem "absent of mind" in the next few days before my own hospital stay.

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What would be a creative addition to a Surgeon costume I'm wearing as a Halloween party? Too generic by itself. ZZZzzz.

I work in a hospital where I was allowed to bring home a gown, gloves, cap, booties, & a facemask. You guys always have some awsome creative & original ideas. $cheaper&-the-better. THANKS 8)

Asked by shadowfist 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how long can i leave applesin bucket Answered

Hi,  first time brewing, ive got my apples cut them up and put htem in a bucket ,  i was then taken into hospital so the apples have been in the bucket for over a month with nothing added are they still ok to be used and if so wot should i do next ?

Asked by ourwullie80 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Need help making a CAPD/Dialysis bag warmer

We are doing a lot of traveling right now to a bunch of different hospitals and I need a heating device I can plug into the car or preferably run off a battery. I have a hard platt suitcase which will hold 2 bags and am toying with the idea of just insulating it and putting a heating pad in there to plug into an inverter. The problem there is I don't always have access to an outlet in the hospital, and you tend to look very much like a terrorist and scare the holy jeebus out of people strolling around the hospital with this wired suitcase thingy. I am unaware of  IED or ordinance requiring an electrical outlet, but hospital security knows all about them and are just itching to go all *observe and report* on you.  I picked up one of those black and decker heat/cooler's at a yard sale with the intent to pop it open and see if anything can be repurposed, but I am not real confident on how to cover the elements so they don't melt the bags.  Temperature regulation is really important, and I really don't have the foggiest idea how to best do this. It's a 4.4lb bag of fluid, so it would have to heat 2 of them without turning them into boiling lava. It also can't be so weak that it takes 12 hours to heat the bag. It would need to get to 37*C/98.6*F (or near to it in any event) in about 4 hours. This is the real McCoy I am trying to rinky dink replicate: http://www.kidneystuff.com/warmers.html Keeping her alive ain't cheap so I simply don't have the 400$ to hand over for it.  Nutshell: I need help with (everything :P ) 1. Heating element 2. How to best secure bags  3. Best/most efficient way to power it 4. What material and in what fashion to insulate the case. 5. How to regulate temperature. I'm sure I missed some things, but really any and all advice would be more than greatly appreciated. 

Asked by orphicdragon 8 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


why i like electricity type stuff so much.

i have told, like, nobody this before but, one day when i was about four years old, on a boring night, i was in my apartment kitchen with a silverware knife. i then saw an empty outlet in the wall. then... IT HAPPENED. i shoved the knife in the socket, and never felt a single volt of electricity!!!!!!!! from then on, in my mind / imagination, i saw my self as a special person, who could harness electricity. but then, in 1st grade, i met Cole O'Grady. we got into a fight, and i screamed, quote, "I hope u get struck by lightning and go to the hospital and get scarred for life!!!!!!!!". then, during a storm in december, there was severe lightning strikes. then, when i went back to school i didn't see cole for a week and 2 days. when i asked where he was during that time, and i was informed he WAS in the hospital with 2nd degree burns. now THAT, is NOT, COINCEDENCE! that is why.

Posted by the_TRUE_LINK_OWNZ! 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What I'm up to lately...

What I'm up to lately... Firstly, Tomorrow I am going into hospital to have an operation, and will be away for about 5 days, before returning to my house for 3 weeks recovery time off school (yay) :-D Second, Me and Shadowman39 are doing something together (try and guess what we will be doing together XD) And third, I am writing this. Bye :-P

Posted by Hiyadudez 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Bunk Beds Dangerous for Kids, Hopefully Safe for Interns

A new report shows that bunk beds may be pretty dangerous things that can lead to broken toes, bloody noses, ceiling fan entanglement (!), falls, strangulation and more fun things. Thinking back on my own experience growing up on the top bunk as a kid and in school dorms, I think I can claim about three of those injuries. But it was fun and sometimes we combined the injuries like the time I pushed a kid off the top of a bunk (an accident, I swear) and as he was falling off he chucked a plastic squirt gun and nailed me in the forehead making me bleed all over the place.He landed on a cushion and I proudly went to the hospital. Good times.Well, here at Instructables HQ we have our own bunkbeds for interns and visitors and so far there have been no accidents. But, as this study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio seems to say, it's only a matter of time before we add to the 36,000 reported injuries a year. Link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Fake X-RAY Exhibit

Hello all I wanted to know if anyone has an idea about cameras that have an X-RAY application. I am building a kids hospital for a museum and we want a play X-RAY machine. I thought that there may be a camera with an app that you can take a picture of someones hand, leg, face ect. and then it would alter the photo to look like a bone visible photo. Any ideas? Thanks

Posted by Montrose 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Rice Paddy Art

I found this post through another post, and it's truly magnificent.  Every year starting in 1993-1994, rice farmers create these aerial art displays using 2-3 different rice cultivars (purple, green, and white), and I'm pretty sure the same could be recreated using liriope and black mondo grass for those of us who don't live in areas hospitable for creating a rice paddy. You really have to check it out.

Posted by AngryRedhead 8 years ago


Earthquake gives US man his hearing back

The earthquake that struck America's east coast yesterday was a blessing in disguise for a deaf man who somehow regained his hearing through the vent.Robert Valderzak has been in a bathington DC hospital since June after he lost his hearing when he fell over. Doctors believe it was as a result of fluid or issues ofthe bones within the ear. Until yesterday, he was employinga diffehirespeakerphone with a lightand an speakers to speak with people. His four youngsters were visiting him in hospital when the 5.8 magnitude quake struck. when It passed, he felt anythingdiffehireinside his head and knew he mayhear and talk again. "I said, you perceivemy hearing is back," Mr Balderzak told Fox News. "i will be able to listen to eachthing, individuals within the hallway." Dr Ross Fletcher, Chief of Staff on the Virginia Medical Centre, said he was pleased his patient is feeling better, despite the stdiversitycircumstances. "a fewpeople appear to be slightly frightened by it but he's delighted that this earthquake came along because soon after the development, he mayhear everything within the room very clearly," Dr Fletcher said. Mr Valderzak believes his hearing was a present from God.

Posted by norakitty123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Crazy Dr. Seuss-style House

Check out this NYTimes slideshow of an absolutely awesome house on Long Island!None of the surfaces are level, everything is brightly colored, and you'd have to hang curtains to get any privacy. The architects included poles to help people stay upright when climbing around. I totally want one of these... From the article:The house is off-limits to children, and adults are asked to sign a waiver when they enter. The main concern is the concrete floor, which rises and falls like the surface of a vast, bumpy chocolate chip cookie.But, for Arakawa, 71, an artist who designed the house with his wife, Madeline Gins, the floor is a delight, as well as a proving ground.As he scampered across it with youthful enthusiasm on a Friday evening in March, he compared himself to the first man to walk on the moon. "If Neil Armstrong were here, he would say, "This is even better!Then Ms. Gins, 66, began holding forth about the health benefits of the house, officially called Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa). Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that, she said, will stimulate their immune systems."They ought to build hospitals like this," she said.A reporter, who thinks they should never, ever build hospitals like this, tried to go with the flow.

Posted by canida 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Tis nice to find out now.....about raw cultivated mushrooms....

I just found out that is it unwise to eat many cultivated mushrooms raw. I finished up 3 pieces of pizza I had placed some sliced Oyster mushrooms on for flavor. If I don't sign in tomorrow morning, I am in the hospital :-) it is said that only sensitive people will be effected by the toxins......nice ! :-(UPDATE: I seem not to be sensitive nor particularly vulnerable to this toxin probably because I have ingested so many raw baby portabellas from salad bars :-)

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Help With Title for Article

For the final exam in my Journalism class, students are required to write an article detailing an event or period of time in their family history. I chose to write about the two-year tour of duty that my Grandfather served in the Vietnam War. He was never sent overseas, but instead served as a medical officer at an army general hospital. At this point, I have written my entire article, but still need a title. I had considered "Life at War", but didn't know if that would be considered plagiarism because of the Denise Levertov poem by the same name. Do you have any suggestions/hints/ideas/etc. that could help me? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Gjdj3 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Surgical Laser

Hi all!So, I have been volunteering at an animal hospital in my home town, and I have been allowed to observe 11 surgeries so far, 4 of which have been performed with this 30 Watt CO2 Surgical Laser. I would like it if someone could explain to me how a CO2 laser works, and I would be willing to answer any questions. the surgeries I have watched are: (1) a spay on a dalmatian (2) an entropion correction on a bullmastiff (3)a cauterization of a bleeding tail tip (without anesthetic & with me holding the dog down!) and (4)a front declawing of a cat.

Posted by bardon08 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


1000 watt inverter to power treadmill motor and controller?

I was planning to use a treadmill motor and controller that I found in the trash on a bicycle trailer to power it,geared down for slow speed with sprockets,since the motor is rated at 130 volts dc there was no way I was going to put that many batteries in there.so for fun I hooked it up to a 1000 w inverter and a single 12 v battery and it runs great. does anybody see any unforeseen disasters,not including a long visit to the hospital. has anybody tried this yet and not failed miserably ? ? I'm also curious on run time under load and with about 200 amp hrs @ 12v. any other nut jobs out there ? 

Asked by robin67 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Brain Doctor Uses Cordless Drill to Remove Tumors

A British doctor is in the news for using a cordless drill, a Bosch model, to drill into patients' heads and remove tumors in a Ukrainian hospital. While cordless drills are fantastic things it's surprising to see brain surgery as one of their uses. Now if only Bosch would put that on the package.Minutes later the team of doctors, including one of Britain's most eminent brain surgeons, begins to break into the skull of their fully conscious patientœ with a £30 Bosch PSR960 handy-man's cordless drill. Amazingly, and despite the low-voltage tool running out of power halfway through the process, Dolishny's operation is a success, with his tumour skilfully excavated at the hands of Henry Marsh.The procedure, captured as part of a documentary to be screened on BBC2 later this month, was a routine triumph for Marsh, who regularly takes time off as a consultant at St George's hospital in south London to travel to Ukraine and save lives despite having access only to primitive tools. Also great is this list of makeshift ideas at the bottom of the article:- In 1995 two doctors on a flight from Hong Kong to Britain operated on a woman with a collapsed lung using a scalpel, a knife and fork and a coathanger to push in a catheter.- In Iraq in 2004, an American medical journalist removed a bullet from a marine's head with a drill used to put up a tent.- In 2003 Aron Ralston, an American climber, cut off his arm with a penknife after it became trapped under a boulder in Utah.- The following year Ines Ramirez Perez, a Mexican, delivered her son by caesarean section with the help of three stiff drinks and a kitchen knife. Linkvia Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Thanks for the hospitality!

Hi everyone! It's been a week since Maker Faire, sorry it's taken so long to post this--I came down with some sort of awful bug the day after I got back to Eugene.  I've spent the last several days (including today, my birthday!) just lying around and feeling sorry for myself. Anyway, I'm starting to feel a bit better this evening, so I just thought I'd say thanks!  I had a blast at Maker Faire, helping out at the instructables booth and meeting folks from HQ, fellow authors, and just plain fans of the site.  It was really, really great meeting you all and seeing the enthusiasm instructables brings out in people. In particular, hello and thanks to Mikeasaurus, Laura, Quincy, Gregg, Randy, Sarah, and anyone whose name I forgot in the madness that was last weekend, for making me feel welcome.  Special thanks to Christy and Eric for really making me feel at home in a new city!  The week before MF which I spent working in central California, and the couple of weeks leading up to it that I spent preparing for the trip, were incredibly busy and hectic for me.  It was fantastic to cap that all off by seeing the weird and wonderful sights at Maker Faire, and meeting for the first time in real life people who I had only known previously on the internet.  It really made me feel like a part of the instructables community. Thanks so much, and hopefully I'll get to see more of SF on my next visit!  I didn't even get a chance to see instructables HQ! Ian

Posted by depotdevoid 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


New York: Not exactly tourist-friendly

A British mother took her teenage daughters to New York as a Christmas present.Shortly after arriving, she was hospitalised with pneumonia.Social workers told her they would look after her daughters in a foster home, but:They were taken to an orphanageThey were strip-searchedThey were asked intimate questions like whether they had been abused or attempted suicide.They were required to shower in front of observing adults.They were split upThey were prevented from visiting their mother in hospitalThe Social Services have informed the mother that she is now under investigation.Is this a typical occurrence in the US?Or is it just New York?BBC storyAOL articleDaily News article

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Head mounted camera records what you look at

The EyeSeeCam is a head-mounted device developed at the University of Munich Hospital that uses four cameras to record what your eyes are looking at. Two cameras are used to track your eyes, one records what your head is pointed at, and the last one uses the data from the first two cameras to record where they're looking. The creators list some nice uses for this, but I keep thinking that this would be great for a first-person shooter. Or maybe something more altruistic like an interface for those with ALS that the EyeWriter was designed for. EyeSeeCam via Hack a Day Reading a book with EyeSeeCam Part 1 from Johannes Vockeroth on Vimeo.

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Here we go again, Shakin' In Our Shoes

Well, we've had round three of mother's earth trembling and shaking! http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/5136644/Powerful-earthquakes-rock-Christchurch The magnitude 5.5 quake struck at 1pm, 10 kilometres east of Christchurch at Taylor's Mistake beach, at a depth of 11 kilometres, and sent people scrambling for cover. It was followed at 2.20pm by a more powerful magnitude 6 quake, centred 10 kilometres southeast of the city and 9km underground. At least 46 people were injured in the earthquakes today Radio New Zealand reported. At least ten people were taken to Christchurch Hospital with injuries due to falling building material after the 1pm quake.  

Posted by ll.13 7 years ago


Pinout for disposable SpO2 monitor (Masimo LNCS Adtx)? Answered

When I was in the hospital recently, they used a "disposable" blood oxygenation (SpO2) fingertip monitor. They let me take it home with me afterward (otherwise they'd just discard it!). I would like to find a pinout for it and see what else I can do with a paired LED/photodiode.The model is Masimo LNCS Adtx. The connector is rectangular, but with a "9-pin D" style of pins -- top row five, bottom row 4, and with the second pin in each row removed for keyed insertion.I've been able to find operator's manuals and user guides on the Web, but nothing technical. Anyone out there with medical equipment experience who can point me toward a spec?

Asked by kelseymh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Things to do with C Batteries?

For a while my wife had to use this special medical machine that ran on c batteries.  every week the hospital would send us a box batteries even tho they were lasting about a month.  We kept telling them that we didn't need more but they said that they were required to send them anyway.  Now that she's off the machine I have all these batteries and nothing that uses them.  Everything that i've found on Amazon is very expensive.    I'm into woodworking and no absolutely nothing about electrical stuff or I'd design something myself.    anybody have any cool projects using c batteries? as one project idea, I have several of these lantern flashlights that run on d's.  it would be cool to convert those to run on c's.

Posted by dimtick 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Things to do with Old Memory

Hey Guys, I work as a Tech for a hospital that is constantly replacing and upgrading equipment. We get old junk all the time---hard drives, cd rom drives, motherboard, etc. We take them apart and play with the motors or whatever we can salvage, but one thing we've never found a use for is Memory, and we have a LOT of it. We have hundreds of modules laying around collecting dust, all mostly 128mb sticks ranging from pc100 to pc2700. My question is this: Are there any cool things we can do with it other than just throw it away? I haven't been able to think of a single thing other than making some kind of sculpture )which I'm not really in to. I'm looking forward to your responses.

Posted by jsbarone 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Today Has Been Strange...

Anyone else notice? It started small, then got huge. First, my friend's cell phone somehow got from his pocket to into his backpack, without being touched. My other friend (when changing for PE/weights) noticed he had been walking all day with an ipod cord in his shoe. I found a penny on the ground, put it in my pocket, then it somehow turned into seven pennies when I put my hand back in a minute later. The grand finally, I get a call from mom telling me my neighbor's lung collapsed and to get over there ASAP. Mazee was frantic, everyone was frantic, the door was locked, I stepped in dog poo, the fire truck came, couldn't make it up the long, steep, driveway. The ambulance came, was able to make it up, and took her to the hospital. There, my day all in a nutshell.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Boom-box ambulance

An emergency siren that alerts drivers by making their vehicles vibrate is being tested by doctors in Hampshire, England.The Howler is being used by BASICS Hampshire, a charity made up of 20 volunteer medics who attend about 750 road traffic accidents every year. The Howler sends out low bass sound that makes the car in front "shake".Dr Rob Dawes, a volunteer doctor whose full-time job is as an hospital anaesthetist and military doctor, said people get out of the way quicker when the device is used.He said: "The main problem is on the motorways where people can't hear the sirens or see you, because often they either don't look in the mirrors or they've got the radio on quite loud."What this new siren aims to do is, because they can't see you and they can't hear you, we hope that they'll be able to feel you." BBC Story.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to make 'Where The Wild Things Are' Max pajamas for a cancer patient...?

I wanted to make a set of pajamas like Max's from the storybook 'Where The Wild Things Are' for a friend of mine who is sick (cancer) and in the hospital. She really loved the story and I think it would cheer her up if she could have some fun and wear something comfortable and warm. Does anyone know of a pattern that would work for that? I've searched online but so far the patterns I've seen online just aren't really cutting it. There IS an Etsy seller  that makes a totally kick ass pajama, but they're over $100 wish shipping and handling and I just can't afford that. :/ http://www.etsy.com/listing/35670676/where-the-wild-things-are-max-pajama Does anyone have a pattern that's similar? Something with buttons and an attached hood with the collar pieces that stick out? Its perfect! 

Posted by aeiriz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make 'Where The Wild Things Are' Max pajamas for a cancer patient...?

I wanted to make a set of pajamas like Max's from the storybook 'Where The Wild Things Are' for a friend of mine who is sick (cancer) and in the hospital. She really loved the story and I think it would cheer her up if she could have some fun and wear something comfortable and warm. Does anyone know of a pattern that would work for that? I've searched online but so far the patterns I've seen online just aren't really cutting it. There IS an Etsy seller that makes a totally kick ass pajama, but they're over $100 wish shipping and handling and I just can't afford that. :/ http://www.etsy.com/listing/35670676/where-the-wild-things-are-max-pajama Does anyone have a pattern that's similar? Something with buttons and an attached hood with the collar pieces that stick out? Its perfect! 

Asked by aeiriz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Scholarship Idea/ IAQ irobot

Hello all, I like all the great ideas submitted on the forum. My Idea for the iRobot contest is To have an IAQ bot utilizing the OI interface. I would like to have an air filtration unit on the irobot, and possibly monitor air temp, humidity, air quality etc, and to have an alarm condition when something falls out of your given parameter. I envision the robot going from room to room monitoring the IAQ conditions and letting you know if there is a problem. This will be my main goal for the contest due date. Given further R&D I would like to add different extensions to the unit by possibly by allowing the robot to be linked with the homes HVAC unit for added zone control, and efficiency. I am new to Robotics, and I have always wanted to enter into this field, and figured this contest would be a great way to begin. To further extend my idea it could also be used in military or hospital applications for detecting harmful airborne disease, or help protect against bioterrorism.

Posted by wired up 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Bullet proof bra!

A US woman had a lucky escape when a burglar's bullet bounced off the metal underwire in her bra.Police in the city of Detroit said one of three intruders fired a shot when the woman looked out of her window and saw them raiding the house next door.The bullet smashed the window and hit her, but instead of causing serious injury - or worse - it was deflected off the wiring in her bra.The unnamed 57-year-old woman was taken to hospital and released the same day."It did slow the bullet down," said a police spokesman. "She sustained injuries but they're not life-threatening."Teenage gangThe woman, who lives on the west side of Detroit, had seen the youths breaking into the house next door while her neighbour was away.Police believe one of the gang saw her looking out of the window and fired at her.The suspects then drove away after the shooting.Local police Sgt Eren Stephens Bell told the Detroit News: "We need to get some bulletproof vests made from that. It is some strong wire." BBC Story

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago