TV shows and movies that are ruined, because you know better - page 5

So many TV shows and movies take place, at least in part, in a medical setting. When you're a nurse, you automatically notice the severe errors in the scenery, which ruins the show. Or maybe it's... Read More

  1. by   DixieRedHead
    I can't stand it when the patient comes into the ER in asystole and the first thing they do is slap on the paddles (more dramatic I guess than using the AED) and yell CLEAR!!!!!!!!!
  2. by   lumbarpain
    TV exagerates everything in more viewers will not get bored, Americans have a very short attention span........Yes, its outrageous, but entertaining if you put the shows in their correct perspective, they are phoney!!!! however I cannot stress that one time as a student nurse I had meds to give at 7 30 in the Am , it was Ferrous instructor wasnt on the floor yet and I pondered and worried about giving was almost 8am and still no instructor on the floor...I worried about not giving the med on time.....I gave it......I got in so much trouble....she stated THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS EVER HAPPENED TO ME.........funny, I said the same thing to myself!!!. Never did that again.
  3. by   lumbarpain
    That was a Nurse or a aide in that clip on you tube, I loved the exams too.....especially with the old gent....fully clothed
  4. by   rntj
    It drives me batty to so no one with any siderails up. I can't help but say "NO Siderails???" every time, and it irritates the heck out of my husband. It has gotten to the point that I cannot watch any medical shows at all. I used to watch House and Nurse Jackie but my husband got sick of me always saying "Um, no, a doctor would never do that!" Nurse Jackie is a good show but I gave it up completely when Thor (who is gay, of course ALL male nurses are gay) was bragging to the other nurses about a doctor buying him lunch. I was like, REALLY???!!!! I've been in the nursing field 15 years and I don't know anyone who would do that. It was so unrealistic and stupid
  5. by   Aeterna
    I can't exactly remember which show this was - it might have been House but don't quote me on that - but the doc went in to discuss some things with the patient. The patient clearly had a non-rebreather mask on...but the reservoir bag wasn't even a little bit inflated! I couldn't stop laughing because it looked so pointless. My parents thought I was crazy until I explained it to them.

    Also, if I ever spot an IV on TV or in a movie, I watch the drip chamber real carefully just to see if anything is actually running.

    I love it, too, that every patient seems to have a private room and of course everything looks new and shiny and clean (including the patient!)
  6. by   JMomBaby
    I just watched an episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman where the fine Dr discussed her patient's health issues with her husband/children around the table, discussed her condition openly on a busy sidewalk, told the patient that she was going to die without an operation in the pt's place of work front of the pt's boyfriend (!) etc. Okay, maybe HIPPA was not "the thing" back in the 1800's But dang!
    However, Dr. Quinn did wear the earpieces in her stethoscope correctly- AND she read medical journals and case histories in order to provide evidence-based practice
  7. by   TeenyTinyBabyRN
    I work in NICU, so the House episode where Chase decides he's going to be a Neonatologist for the week, had me seething. I want to know who they are consulting with.

    Foreman: "Your baby's (full term, one day old) blood pressure is 80/40. That's low, very low." WHAT?! Wide? Sure. Low, not by any means.

    The snugglies were backwards.

    House: "We can cross the TORCH viruses off the list. But CMV is still a possiblity." What do they think the C in TORCH stands for?!

    Nurse: "Oh, no! The baby is apnec!" -stands around straing stupidly- Well, smack him on the butt. If that doesn't work, bag him!
  8. by   katkonk
    And let's not forget the movie Panic Room. One of the principle components of which is Jodie Foster's daughter is slipping into a hypoglycemic coma and she begs the bad guys to just let her have the ....insulin?? LOL! "She has to have her insulin or she will die!" uh, really? Have many consults on that film, did you?
  9. by   katehensley
    I love Greys just for the entertainment of the storyline, not the medical accuracy at all

    But i just watched one where Karev was talking to one of the attendings and said heres your new patiet oh and by the way he peed himself (little boy) and I CLEANED IT ALL UP FOR YOU.

    Hahahahahahahahhahhahaha but no that would never happen. Heres the real world scenario....

    Karev: Heres your new patient and by the way he peed himself but I called in the tech to change him, even though it wasnt the tech's patient and I have perfectly capable hands.
  10. by   brownbook
    I can chuckle or groan about most of the misinformation the public receives from medical shows. What I hate is when someone is seriously injured and friends or family rush them to the hospital in their car instead of calling an ambulance. That really gives bad ideas to the public. On a less important note , it annoys me when the patient is discharged and the family pushes them out in a wheel chair by themselves. No mention of discharge instructions and who is going to ensure that wheelchair gets back inside! PS. why do my paragraphs get removed when I submit my reply!
  11. by   kxvc
    Just watched a show recently where a patient was in surgery...for her eye. She codes. The 5 docs in the room (yes only docs) look at each other and one says, "We are losing her! What do we do?" Then they all continue to stare at each other before the commercial break. OMG, I just about lost it! haha "What do we do!" Make sure my doc never says that if I code.

    Ugh HATE it when they shock through clothing. I also don't get the whole stabbing someone in the heart with epi to bring them back to life. And they so magically shoot up and start talking. A team of 4+ docs seeing the pt in ED and following their care though the entire hospital with minimal help from other staff. Yeah. Right. House. Although I still like to watch it.

    I was just remembering a time when I went to see a movie with a friend/fellow nurse. Good thing the movie theater was empty because we kept laughing at all their silly mistakes! Too bad I forgot which movie it was.
  12. by   nursefrances
    One time while flipping through the channels on tv, I came across a show called Hawthorne. In a scene Jada Pinkett Smith (as an RN) is walking out of a room where there is an emergent situation in the back ground. As she leaves the room discussing very important information with someone (dramatic setup for the rest of the show, I am sure- and of coure a nurse would walk away from a code...yeah..that's real life...sure). The doctor yells out "His potassium is low, Push potassium stat!"
  13. by   uRNmyway
    The CPR thing gets me EVERY time...I dont think Ive ever seen a tv show or movie where they do it right.
    On a slight side note, you guys keep talking about side-rails being down and all, here in Quebec they are actually working on us using side-rails less because it is actually a form of restraint for the patient, and a dangerous one at that for the acrobats that decide to jump over in their confusion!