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Baystate Medical Center engineer helps to save part of a patient's arm

December 29, 2015
Patient and Engineer

Dana Dupuis (pictured right in photo) is not a doctor, not a patient care technician and not a nurse. However, he contributed significantly to saving one patient’s arm as a result of a traumatic accident.

A horrible accident

The clinical staff in Baystate Medical Center's Emergency Department and the Fire Department found themselves in need of some engineering support recently when Martin* (not his real name) came in with his arm trapped in some machinery.

Guided by emergency physicians, Dupuis, a mechanic in Facilities & Engineering at Baystate Medical Center, was able to relieve some pressure on the patient’s hand and arm to try to save a portion of the patient’s arm from amputation.

Making a prosthetic arm

Unfortunately the patient did lose his hand and part of his arm, but not his entire arm thanks to Dupuis, who even followed up with Martin after surgery and offered to help him by fabricating a prosthetic.

“This isn’t the first time he’s done something like this,” said Dupuis' manager, Tony Braz (pictured left in photo).

Kudos, Dana!