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Death in the Home/Garden (BBC features)

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:47 pm
by Megamixer
A long shot but does anybody remember these two one-off programmes from around (I think) the early 2000's? They were shown on BBC 1 and basically went through a load of real life accidents that had happened to people in their home and (in a separate follow-up) the garden. Nobody actually died (despite the titles) but some of the accidents were pretty amusing and bizarre. Can't seem to find any record of these shows though and nobody else I mention it to can remember them either.

They featured intereviews and vague reconstructions of what had happened to people.

Anybody else remember these or know if they are watchable on the internet somewhere?

Re: Death in the Home/Garden (BBC features)

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:29 am
by Antonia
A patient lies motionless on an operating table at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. His heart is completely still. He’s being kept alive by a heart-lung machine that pumps blood through his body.
“Turn the pump off,” says surgeon John Elefteriades. At that moment, monitors around the theatre flatline. The 50-year-old patient has no pulse and is showing no signs of brain activity. He is dead. Everything is going as Elefteriades planned. On a wall, facing the operating table, are two large digital clocks. One is stopped at 11.25am, the very moment the patient dies, while the other continues to run. Despite the patient’s apparent demise, the surgical team continues to work, completely unphased by what’s just happened. And now the atmosphere is getting decidedly chilly – in a very literal sense. In fact, it’s getting so cold that nurses pull sterile smocks over their scrubs to keep themselves warm as the temperature in the room falls.
The patient’s head is also wrapped in bandages and then covered in ice. By anyone’s standards, deliberately stopping a patient’s circulation as he lies on the operating table is a pretty drastic course of action. But it’s necessary. The patient has an aortic aneurysm. The aorta is the vital vessel that carries blood away from the heart before it moves throughout the body, providing the tissues with oxygen. Usually, it’s the width of a garden hose. In our patient, it’s swelled to the size of a tennis ball. In such a worryingly stretched state, it’s weak and vulnerable. Without treatment, the bulging aorta could burst open at any minute and the patient could die almost instantly.

Re: Death in the Home/Garden (BBC features)

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:59 am
by oli_lar
They might be on Onthebox or UKNova.

Re: Death in the Home/Garden (BBC features)

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:02 pm
by greenberet79
Antonia wrote:A patient lies motionless on an operating table at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. His heart is completely still. He’s being kept alive by a heart-lung machine that pumps blood through his body.
“Turn the pump off,” says surgeon John Elefteriades. At that moment, monitors around the theatre flatline. The 50-year-old patient has no pulse and is showing no signs of brain activity. He is dead. Everything is going as Elefteriades planned. On a wall, facing the operating table, are two large digital clocks. One is stopped at 11.25am, the very moment the patient dies, while the other continues to run. Despite the patient’s apparent demise, the surgical team continues to work, completely unphased by what’s just happened. And now the atmosphere is getting decidedly chilly – in a very literal sense. In fact, it’s getting so cold that nurses pull sterile smocks over their scrubs to keep themselves warm as the temperature in the room falls.
The patient’s head is also wrapped in bandages and then covered in ice. By anyone’s standards, deliberately stopping a patient’s circulation as he lies on the operating table is a pretty drastic course of action. But it’s necessary. The patient has an aortic aneurysm. The aorta is the vital vessel that carries blood away from the heart before it moves throughout the body, providing the tissues with oxygen. Usually, it’s the width of a garden hose. In our patient, it’s swelled to the size of a tennis ball. In such a worryingly stretched state, it’s weak and vulnerable. Without treatment, the bulging aorta could burst open at any minute and the patient could die almost instantly.
What the deuce?