They do this in an absolutely last ditch effort to KEEP the patient alive, not kill them. It's called an Escharotomy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...). When a body comes in contact with a flame and 3rd degree burns are formed, all three layers of the skin (dermis, hypodermis, and epidermis) are burned away. This patient is almost certainly ...[deleted] 11/26/2012
My husband's dad died from a house fire. He was in a coma and this was the next step as an attempt to keep him alive. It was either this or take him off the life support as there was only about a 5% chance he would live, and he would have been a vegetable. They ended up pulling the plug and I'm thankful in the sense that my husband never had to see his father cut up like this.coocoocachoooo 11/26/2012
This is an escharotomy, used to relieve the tension formed by circumferential severe burns that will compress the thorax, leading to an inability to breathe. Circumferential burns may also lead to compartment syndrome in the extremities, and escharotomies may be done on them as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...thisisathrowawaytwo 11/26/2012
I kinda felt the urge to grab the chest part and see if it comes off in 1 piece. But I'd never touch that...MEAN_MUG_SHOT 11/26/2012
I'm leaving this article about Dax
If you ever get a chance to see the documentary Dax's Story, I suggest it. Basically, this guy kept telling the doctors to let him die, and they put him through a ton of pain, and he survived. He is one of the reasons that autonomy is a big part of Patient's Rights now.
If anyone was wondering, its Autonomy, ...TheUltimateSalesman 11/26/2012
House fire caused this if anyone is wondering. From a link someone posted way below.Halsfield 11/26/2012
How many consecutive days would someone like that stay medicated on pain killers? Are you subsequently addicted to pain killers after something like this because it was so traumatic?rojlewis 11/26/2012
I really hope they have him under when this pic was taken. I'd lose it if I looked down and saw how they cut me uplulzzors 11/26/2012
Done to prevent compartments syndrome which is where there is a severe injury which causes an increased pressure within a muscle compartment that leads to muscle and nerve damage related to decreased blood supply. As OP said, they make these cuts to relieve the pressure, but it does increase the risk of infectionTowlybear 11/27/2012
yeah this is an x-post from /r/WTF Chest Escharotomy done to prevent compartment syndrome in a patient with 3rd degree burns circumventing chestJNew41 11/26/2012
This was posted a month ago here on WTF, as well.
In addition, when beginning the surgery, only small incisions are made around the circumference of the abdominal area. Pressure has built up in the eschar (burnt tissue) due to the loss of elasticity of ...xashyy 11/26/2012
Chest escharotomy to minimize the chances of compartment syndrome once the subsurface tissues begin to retain water and swell again.Ascetiq 11/27/2012
The cuts are to prevent compartment syndrome.
You know when you burn a plastic bag? It turns into a small ball.
That's what essentially happens to burn victims. Their skin contracts, compresses and compromises the blood vessels and their blood flow and also suffocates the victim.
Slicing them up like this allows for proper blood flow and allows them to breathe.Ikinhaszkarmakplx2 11/27/2012
I know how tight my skin feels from a slight sun burn, I can't imagine how bad it is from 3rd degree burns.kmcbride 11/26/2012
how to they keep someone like this sedated? or is still thru an IV? im only asking bc i dont see it possible to stick a needle in someone so badly burn AND hit a vein.MonjStrz 11/27/2012
The most disgusting thing is, it probably wouldn't smell half bad. Unless his hair got burnt too.Corrupt_T 11/27/2012
The severity of the burn is what will guide the decision to go ahead with an escharotomy. I should have been more specific knowing that someone would say "not all......" You didn't meet the criteria.joerockhard321 11/27/2012
First it was tattoos, then a nipple ring... body modification is really getting out of hand.Flomo420 11/27/2012