05 September 2011

it shouldn't bother me, but it does

I'm talking about medical inaccuracies on television. We won't even get into the inaccurate representation of resuscitation, which is so egregious that there is published research on it. Recent errors I've noted:

1. Nurses, unless they are CRNAs, don't intubate patients.
2. There is no such thing as part-time medical school.
3. You don't get a long white coat at the white coat ceremony, you get the short one.
4. Diabetics requiring insulin do not leave needle impressions on their hip bones.
5. Hospitals cannot turn away acutely ill patients because they don't have insurance.
6. You are not forbidden from speaking with a person after neurosurgery because getting them emotional could cause their brain edema to worsen.
7. If you coded, you would be moved to an ICU, not put on a stretcher along the hallway. And a lot of people would show up, not just one nurse.
8. I don't care if there's a killing spree, a random nurse would not be authorized to read confidential patient data (about a potential victim) over the phone to a police officer. She would be fired.
9. If a trauma victim is talking, they don't go straight to the OR. They go to the ER to be stabilized or for images. There is no magic hallway connecting the outside door to the OR.
10. If you sprained your pinkie finger, you would not have a hard cast placed on your hand.

Another time I'll let loose on the absolutely ridiculous depictions of medical school. I have yet to see anything that remotely resembles actual medical training on television.

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