An interesting question about product placement

  1. I just wonder about the product placement I see in medical movies and on shows like ER. Not about things like soda or cars, but about things like stethescopes. I realize that 3M (makers of the Littman) and Hewlitt-Packard (Sprague) donate their products to these shows to add "realism", but my question is why?

    Do they think that I, as a nurse, or a physician will buy their product because I've seen it on TV? Has anyone purchased a stethescope because they've seen it on TV?

    I realize that I might be rambling, but it's late, and a slow night.
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   LilgirlRN
    I notice things like that too when watching any kind of medical type show. More often however, I find myself looking for mistakes that they make. I'll talk out loud to the TV, "yeah, like that would ever happen", "nono, you don't use a size 8 ET tube on a 5 year old!" that kind of thing. Or see 2 docs in the background studying a chest xray, that's hung backward!
  4. by   P_RN
    I did buy the big RN pin they all wore in the first year. Otherwise no I don't think that it influences me.....other than "subliminally"
    (Twilight Zone music plays.....).

    At least some shows have gotten away from ALL their telephone numbers starting with 555-
  5. by   TracyB,RN
    Those ad execs probably figure that alot of prospective students are watching.
  6. by   mattcastens
    Here's another example: I was watching "Scrubs" last night and noticed that the Pyxis machines in the background had a huge "Pyxis" emblazoned on them. Honestly, who's this going to influence? It's not like I'm going to go out and buy my own medication system, and we all know that administrators are going to buy the lowest costing system rather than one they see in a product placement, right? I just don't get it.
  7. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    I noticed on Scrubs that the stethescopes all had identification tags on them too.

    I think you're right. I can't see something like that being recommended by a consultant other than a commercial one.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it is really silly, huh, Matt? I am sure I don't know WHO they think they are influencing to buy these things. NOT MOI.
  9. by   sanakruz
    TV will rot your brain
  10. by   canoehead
    Dr Romano is the only doc I know with a shiny gold stethoscope, and I need to go out and buy one right now!!
  11. by   emily_mom
    I like Romano's scope too! I've seen them online, but it's gold plated. How long do you think that's gonna last?

    Kristy
  12. by   eak16
    ONe thing that bugs me is that on Scrubs, ALL of the stethoscopes are HP styles, with identical ID tags. i dont think that anyone other than people who already own a stethoscope would notice this at all, but it still isn't realistic. At least on ER they wear several different brands of stethoscopes.

    Then again, though, if medical shows were 100% COMPLETELY accurate, do you think people would still want to become nurses?? (Just a thought)
  13. by   colleen10
    I don't think it is so much about getting you to run out to the store and buy their product, but it has everything to do with getting name recognition. And it works pretty well if you count how many posters responsed saying that they say this or that name brand on T.V.

    Buyer Beware!
  14. by   ptnurse
    I have never even thought about this stuff. I watch medical shows all the time and have never paid any attention to any of the brand name instruments. I hope the companies aren't hoping to make a lot of money off of me buying this stuff--cause I'm clueless.

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