Media's Blatant Medical Bloopers: These folks need to hire a nurse consultant FAST!

  1. ever notice that when you watch tv and movies, or read books, magazines or newspapers, there are just too many writers who display an obvious lack of knowledge about medicine--and especially nursing?

    there are lots of regular contributors to
    media's blatant medical bloopers.



    the worst part is, it's relatively easy to get the information. all they'd have to do is ask! failing that, if writers must tackle medical topics and know zilch about it, doncha wish they'd hire a nurse consultant!

    tell us which books, news stories, or tv programs you've seen recently and include specifics, please, so we won't have to have an enjoyable time ruined by the uninformed.

    here's mine:


    i love mary higgins clark, but i nearly threw "the second time around" out the airplane window when i got to the part that read, "all i could think about was the accident that left dr. broderick comatized and in critical condition."


    left him what??!



    :crash_com
    not only is that the incorrect medical term, it's not even a word!

    i winced but was willing to ignore the earlier warning i read when she repeatedly played for sympathy for a fire victim by referring to "the oxygen tubes in her nostrils".


    doncha wished she'd have consulted a nurse about this stuff???? geez.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Oct 13, '05
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   dianah
    On the first episode of Commander-in-Chief, the then-prez, while in a hospital s/p "stroke" (he c/o how he can't talk real well, but the actor does a decent job -- so the audience can understand him, doncha know . . . no drooling, forgetting words, mixing words up . ..) -- when he arrests (as you know he will),

    1) staff repeatedly shock him for flat line

    2) staff repeatedly place the paddles the wrong way: one midline sternum, the other at the RIGHT chest. What's with the RIGHT chest??? No effective shock will do the trick , w/that!

    I thought most shows with some medical element to them DID have a nurse consultant on board??? Maybe the copy got reversed in cutting, I don't know . . . kinda bugs.

    But, that's life. As you say, too bad . . .
  4. by   caroladybelle
    I personally always love how neat and tidy deathes are on TV and in movies. They just gentle pass on with nary a hair out of place, no mouth hanging open, eyes glassy that won't shut, no sweats or death rattles. And then evryone is freaked at the fact that the eyes will not stay closed, or the mouth will not stay closed.

    They are in critical condition, and on a heart monitor and when it flat lines, they are coded, but never start out intubated, because that would ruin the picture or the officer trying to get information.

    Sam on ER has just started. A guy is freaking out, she rushes in and plunges a ten cc, 1 1/2 needle into his neck to give him (I presume) an IV push. And she pushes it fast........riiigght, that happens.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    My aunt is a physician. Whenever I am over at her place for the holidays, once in a while, we'll tune into one of these shows and laugh our pants off at the obvious gaffes


    Just for the heck of it :chuckle
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I saw so many no-nos on "Nip/Tuck" that i quit watching it.
  7. by   fozzie
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I saw so many no-nos on "Nip/Tuck" that i quit watching it.
    House is like that, too, and it's driving me crazy. I know it's just a TV show, but it really bothers me when I see them do something that's completely and totally wrong.
  8. by   traumaRUs
    I'm hooked on Commander in Chief but just about rolled off the couch at the paddle placement for shocking our poor president out of asystole! Yikes!!!
  9. by   ragingmomster
    i thought i was going to enjoy gray's (sp?) anatomy until i saw the crap they pull with the transplant stuff.

    a resident asking a family if they can harvest each individual organ while the family bawls?

    a doctor stating that the patient will be brain dead by the time they get her into the or for harvest?

    as i wait for my loved one to get a much needed lung, i cringe at the number of families who refuse to donate because of this crap!!!!:angryfire :angryfire
  10. by   talaxandra
    The asystolic reversion is something that @!##*# me off every single time I see it! Aargh! How hard is it to get the basic concept that you can shock asystole all you like, but you're never gonna get a rhythym? At least they could say "maybe it's fine VF..."
    I still watch "House" - because I've loved Hugh Laurie's work since "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" in the mid-eighties - and have resigned myself to the apparent joy of the doctors to perform duties that they'd never do in real life, the total dearth of nurses, and the general and varied ridiculousnesses.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I just can't watch any of these medical shows....
    even so-called "realty tv" is not so real. It's just too hard to overcome and sit thru.

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