Well, I'm at it again...I was recently attempting to start an IV on a patient. The TV in the room was tuned in to that font of intellectual stimulation, Jerry Springer. Both parties in the room (neither of which appeared likely to clutter up the race for the Nobel prize anytime soon) were watching avidly. During the commercial break, not one but FOUR ads came on with content similar to the following:
Organ/cathedral or rousing patriotic music plays in the background (take your pick). A noble, baritone voice speaks portentious words from an echo chamber:
The VOICE: "Were you born after the year of 1890? Have you EVER been in an automobile or work-related accident? Do you take any prescription or over-the-counter medication? Have you ever had any illness requiring medical or surgical treatment? If so, you may have suffered subtle, difficult-to-detect injuries that may not surface for sixty to eighty years, but still entitle you to HUGE settlements! Barnabas T. Snagglebutt and his associates have a providen track record for winning vast sums of money for poverty-stricken little people against heartless corporations. Just recently, he settled a case for $1.2 million against the Super-duper copy company when Ms. Hermingard Voight caught her left breast in the office copy machine as she was making a photocopy of her anatomy to submit to a Beautiful Boobs contest. YOU could be next. Contact Barnabas T. Snagglebutt today for your free consultation and learn what personal injuries may have taken place in YOUR past. Mr. Snagglebutt attends church every Sunday, volunteers in his local soup kitchen, loves his country, hates Osama Bin Laden, and donates $1.00 out of every successful claim to cancer research."
These ads generally features videotape of Mr. Snagglebutt, his silver hair immaculately combed and wearing a $1000 suit, striking one of those poses that allow the viewer to simultaneously admire the firm line of his jaw and assess his need for nasal clippers. Interspersed may be pictures of Mr. Snagglebutt playing with his grandchildren, shaking hands with the Pope, helping a little old lady across the street, sitting in a church pew, or carrying the flag in a parade.
And the people watching this are already in a HOSPITAL!!!! Does anyone else find this, shall we say, "ironic"???
Aug 18, '02
Interesting Jeannie. I was going to start a similar thread myself! Thank you!
My area is flodded with these commercials. I try to ignore them, but there was on in particular that caught my attention the other day. The closing statement was
"If your doctor or other health care professional ignored the large size of your baby, and now your baby suffers nerve damage, call......"
Really does a great job of getting people to trust their health care professionals, huh?
I wonder if putting a stop to crap like this could help our image any.
Last edit by OBNURSEHEATHER on Aug 19, '02