Summary: Steve Irwin: 1962-2006. You will be missed.

TOPICS: Tech Industry
Steve Irwin: 1962-2006. You will be missed.

Topic: Tech Industry

Ed Burnette

About Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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  • So let's learn something

    OK, let's learn one last thing from Steve:

    Never, [b]never[/b] remove an impaled object in the field. Cut the sucker off and head for ER, [i]stat[/i].

    At least one construction worker survived having rebar run clear through his chest -- and right through his [u]heart[/u] -- because the EMTs followed protocol and cut the bar on both sides of the chest, then rushed him to TMC.

    He's walking around today.

    Steve isn't. Well, Steve made a career out of teaching us and we made jokes about how he'd die doing it. He died. It's up to us to learn.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Right on.

      I was shocked to hear just today that he actually pulled the barb out of his chest himself. I have to believe it was partly out of shock and the liklyhood he had no idea it had pierced his heart. Your right about the EMT thing, thats why it's commonpractice not to remove such an object that way, one just never knows, and particularly when the individual in question may be acting out of shock and instinct.
    • The barb is even more dangerous than a rebar

      The barb is designed (or evolved) to inflict maximum tearing during brute force extraction, a rebar isn't. We can't say for sure if he would have gotten medical treatment in time given his location, but his chances of survival would have been many times better.
      • While extracting does damage....

        ... the damage done is nil compared to the insertion of the object. This is especially true in this case where you're dealing with not only a puncture wound, but a poisonous one which is releasing neurotoxins into the heart. According to experts (from CNN last night), the extraction was totally irrelevant in this case.
  • See you on the other side, Steve...

    In a world where humans and animals live together in peace.