Surgeon slices fingers on tablesaw
Dr. Steve Sparks, a vascular surgeon at UCSD Medical Center, suffered a possible career-ending accident on the tablesaw.
The dramatization of his accident, as seen in this video, makes me wonder — was he really mitering lumber freehand on his tablesaw without a miter gauge or was that something the producers of the show mocked up, not knowing better?
Needless to say, the technique shown is wrong. Additionally, the wearing of loose-fitting gloves is yet another bad practice.
Let’s hope ke knows better now.
The video follows the trail of blood as he is rushed to the hospital by a friend, and the preocess to repair four injured digits. There’s one particular description of the procedure that drives home the difficult process — “like sewing two ends of a thumbtack with thread as thin as a human hair.”