Medical Bullshit in TV (Part 7)

Featuring: Orange is the New Black Season 5 Episode 2 and Episode 13 (No spoilers) There is a HILARIOUS stroke scene. Gunshot wound to the leg. Hours later, the guy suddenly develops slurring of speech, altered consciousness, and speech repetition. Medical personnel dives in and shines a torch into guy’s eyes. “Looks like cerebral ischaemia….

Medical Bullshit on TV (Part 6)

Featuring: The Vampire Diaries (no spoilers) Season 7 Episode 13 Now, I’m no OBGYN but I’ve done my student placements so if I turn out to be outrageously wrong/uninformed, please let me know. Woman in labour, ECG monitor attached. Twins in her uterus. Beneath the mother’s ECG monitor readings are two more normal, perfect ECG…

Medical Bullshit on TV (Part 4)

Featuring: The Vampire Diaries (no spoilers) Series 6 Episode 12 Elena Gilbert is doing CPR on someone who’s having a heart attack. The cardiac monitor is on, doing that annoying ‘beeping per pulse’ thing rapidly — which doesn’t happen in a real hospital, by the way. The monitors do not beep per pulse. That would…

Medical Bullshit on TV (Part 3)

Featuring: The Vampire Diaries (no spoilers) Season 6 episode 6 Did the doctor just… do chest compressions… on someone who is BREATHING and TALKING to her?!?! By the way, in real life CPR, please keep your arms straight and shoulders-elbows-hands-dead person’s sternum in alignment when doing compressions. Bent elbows don’t do squat. Got any TV…

Medical Bullshit in TV (Part 1)

Featuring: The Vampire Diaries. (Does not contain spoilers). Season 6 Episode 1. Doctor doing teaching session: “Patient attends with chest pain and shortness of breath, what kind of tests would you do?” Elena Gilbert: “Pulmonary angiogram to show pulmonary embolism.” Dr.: “Good.” WAIT WHAT.