WHY YOU CAN’T TRUST MEDICAL SHOWS

Well, we kinda knew it.

But, yes, they’re full of shit:

“It turns out that popular medical dramas don’t always portray medical treatment accurately. A new study found that seizure care in particular was depicted appropriately less than half the time on major fictional medical shows…
The study looked at the depiction of seizure care for all episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” House, M.D.,” and “Private Practice,” and the last five seasons of “ER.” The research will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario, in April.

In nearly 46 percent of seizure cases, characters on these shows delivered inappropriate treatments such as holding the person down, trying to stop involuntary movements or putting something in the person’s mouth, the study said. The shows did show proper treatment about 29 percent of the time, and in the remaining 25 percent of the time, the accuracy of the portrayal couldn’t be determined…

There have been other studies showing that television medical shows do a poor job of portraying procedures appropriately and accurately. Of concern is one about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, Sanders said. A 1996 New England Journal of Medicine study of “ER,” “Chicago Hope” and “Rescue 911″ found that in the episodes viewed, 75 percent of patients survived cardiac arrest immediately, and 67 percent appeared to be well enough to leave the hospital. In real life, long-term survival rates vary from 2 to 30 percent for cardiac arrest outside a hospital and 6.5 to 15 percent for arrests inside a hospital, the study said.

False depictions of CPR are probably more alarming than misrepresented seizure care, Sanders said. Normally, seizure care is left to doctors, who don’t get their information on treatments from television. But CPR is a procedure that lay people do learn how to do, and they might get false impressions from watching dramas, she said.”

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7 Responses to WHY YOU CAN’T TRUST MEDICAL SHOWS

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Gee, the medical video on a DVD I borrowed from a friend and watched last night looked pretty accurate to me.

    That stacked, young blonde nurse in that starched white short uniform skirt with net stockings and killer stillettos giving the dude a 3 gallon enema and scrotal massage seemed to cure his depression.

  2. antzinpantz says:

    I have no words…….

  3. Leonard Jones says:

    I remember a news story back when ER and Chicago Dope were popular. It
    basically stated that even in the environment of an operating room, the actual
    survival rate for someone being zapped with a defibrillator was a hell of lot
    less than the 100 percent rate shown on these two prime-time TV series.

    It is like watching one of those Vietnam war movies written by antiwar liberals,
    where they never even thought to hire an adviser.

  4. Leonard Jones says:

    Bogside, I think I have seen a few of those movies myself. Those were real
    nurses weren’t they?

  5. Kenneth A. Lee says:

    I’m sure they were certified!

  6. Macker says:

    And I’ll bet the nurse got a pearl necklace for her efforts!

  7. Dan says:

    Anyone in health care will tell you that there never has been a medical show of any type that comes close to portraying reality except for those that simply film real world activity in real time in a real facility. And even THOSE shows are biased towards the activity that is dramatic and interesting while ignoring the mundane and routine.

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