Frontier Former Editor

June 10, 2007

I’d love to see Rain explain this one away . . . .

Filed under: blood, Canadians, mad science, medicine, red, science — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:20 pm

Vancouver patient oozes green blood

Last Updated: Friday, June 8, 2007 | 7:17 AM PT

The Canadian Press

Doctors at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital came across something highly illogical when they tried to put an arterial line into a patient about to undergo surgery: his blood was dark green . . . . .

“During insertion, we normally see arterial blood come out. That’s how we know we’re in the right place. And normally that blood is bright red, as you would expect in an artery,” Flexman said in an interview Thursday.

“But in his case, the blood kept coming back as dark green instead of bright red.

“It was sort of a green-black. … Like an avocado skin maybe.”

Well Rain? Is this some horrible side effect of the Lorne Greene School of Broadcasting? Or some mutant offspring of John Dieffenbaker?


  1. Dear Senor FFE

    Isn’t it a Canuckistani dEvolutionary adaptation to living so far beyond the Uppermost North :

    * for 6 months of the year with perpetual rain but without sun

    * having to pretend to speak French in official documents

    Your obedient servant etc

    G Eagle

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — June 11, 2007 @ 6:57 am

  2. Well duh, he’s half Vulcan, half Deep One. Isn’t this common in your isolated part of the world?

    Comment by raincoaster — June 11, 2007 @ 11:11 am

  3. dark green, not coppery green, duh. Didn’t you ever see the episode where Spock has to give blood to Sarek during the diplomatic cruise and while the Andorran turncoat was beaming targeting info to the spacecraft of unknown registry?

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — June 11, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  4. Dear Senor FFE

    Most Folk do not know that Mlle R-Coaster’s blood is not green but blue

    I put it down to her aristocratic forebears

    and if this is not getting too personal, perhaps Senor FFE could enlighten us, in the interests of freedom of information, as to the colour (err …. colOr) of his blood

    Yr obedt servt etc and
    Tot siens

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — June 11, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

  5. dark red inbound, bright red outbound – at least that’s what the anatomy textbook says . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — June 11, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

  6. Duh, half DEEP ONE. Do I hafta type slower or sumpin? Or should I come over there and start opening veins to satisfy G Eagle’s curiosity?

    Comment by raincoaster — June 12, 2007 @ 6:56 am

  7. Also: I do not have blood. I had it all replaced with a most interesting scientific concoction which you might have seen in a Dr. Phibes movie.

    Comment by raincoaster — June 12, 2007 @ 6:57 am

  8. As long as you don’t eat through the back of your neck. And I thought the Deep One was bloodless in the first place . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — June 12, 2007 @ 10:09 am

  9. Blood that takes on a darker hue often reflects lack of oxygen in the blood. Red is indicative that the blood is healthy. In event of liver or Kindney failure, toxins are not filtered out of the blood properly resulting in discoloration reflective of the toxins in the blood. If the blood is saturated with wastes/toxins than it most likely would not be able to carry the iron and oxygen needed for the bright red colour…

    Comment by itsa secret — October 22, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  10. However: green? There isn’t that much copper in blood.

    Comment by raincoaster — October 24, 2007 @ 4:09 am

  11. Don’t ask me why the late entry

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — October 24, 2007 @ 7:29 am

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