TV shows and movies that are ruined, because you know better - page 2

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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 just me. I was watching the... Read More


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    i came across this book in a local bookstore last week and it made some pretty interesting points. sure it might have been a little preachy at times, but overall it gave me something to think about.

    it's called saving lives: why the media's portrayal of nursing puts us all at risk

    take a look at http://www.truthaboutnursing.org/savinglives/
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    Another stupid scenario is when the patient is dying! Dying! And the family or whoever go to the bedside and the "dying" patient is on- gasp!- a nasal cannula.

    Oh, no! This person needs four liters of supplemental O2! We'd better say our heartfelt goodbyes!
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    I know the TV show "Scrubs" is not supposed to be realistic by any means, but still, it drives me nuts in the opening credits that they put the x-ray up backwards....

    I have given up watching medically related shows (and movies if I can avoid it). Mostly because my husband gets so irritated at me because I point out every mistake I see, lol!
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    Quote from wsurn09
    i know the tv show "scrubs" is not supposed to be realistic by any means, but still, it drives me nuts in the opening credits that they put the x-ray up backwards....
    somebody must have finally pointed it out to them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h0wnkvmhru
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    Hehe, maybe the xray is of a person whose internal organs are reversed. I had a patient like that once.
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    I'm afraid I am one of the banned - used to drive my husband crazy as he could never follow the plot as I would spend the whole show going "gloves, put some gloves on" - "why is that non-rebreath mask not inflated" - "can somebody please put that poor patients oxygen nasal specs up the right way" and many more.

    However like many my biggest gripe is CPR. It drives me to distraction when they not only shock and unshockable rhythm but then carry on shocking, "clear - shock - clear - shock!!!!!!!!!!" and they always get the patient back and they immediately go into normal sinus rhythm and have a GCS of 15!!!!!

    My husband's a police officer and is just the same with TV cop shows so those are also banned in our house
    TNgirl2010, liebling5, LovedRN, and 2 others like this.
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    I was watching my favorite show, Chuck, and one of the characters took a pill and dropped "dead" on the floor. The note he'd given Chuck said, "The pill was Amiodarone. It stops the heart." Uh, no...it does not.
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    Try being an engineer watching a sci-fi flick!!!! LOL
    badmamajama, BriRN, and Jbrock718 like this.
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    Funny thread and I am happy it is not just me who stresses over the mistakes.
    When I lived in the UK there was a show about visiting home nurses who delievered twins it was a joke.

    How about every laboring woman who screams and pushes screaming-impossible to do adequate pushes whilst screaming.
    Plus the placenta never ever gets stuck LOL infact no postnatal women ever has a placenta on TV.

    How about shocking flat liners???
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    Quote from JulieCVICURN
    I was watching my favorite show, Chuck, and one of the characters took a pill and dropped "dead" on the floor. The note he'd given Chuck said, "The pill was Amiodarone. It stops the heart." Uh, no...it does not.
    Lol, half my patients would be dead right now if that were true.


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