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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Effect of medical TV shows.

When physicians at an Alberta hospital asked why so many medical students and residents were using a faulty technique for inserting life-saving breathing tubes in patients, they received an unexpected answer: It's television's fault.

Many of the doctors in training said they had learned the procedure from watching medical dramas. And a subsequent analysis of the show ER revealed its fictional MDs and nurses performed intubations incorrectly almost every time.

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It is horrifying to know that some medical students and junior doctors learned few of life-saving procedural skills via television, but this is the reality. In fact, I believe that many people learned CPR incorrectly from TV shows. Hopefully this current trend can be corrected. Otherwise, many medical errors will happen in the future.

6 comments:

nihas said...

Hihihi...dis,remind me on those days when we were asked to write an essay: "Kebaikan dan keburukan menonton televisyen"... hihihi...
realy missed my good old days... dah tua rupanya sekarang ni...

Hafiz said...

:) Kesan TV terhadap kehidupan kita sangat kuat kan.

Sarah Shukor said...

Ouh. I never watch any of them. But I do learn something from certified medical personels in youtube =)

Hafiz said...

@ sarah, at the moment, I'm watching House, an interesting medical show :)

valsa nine said...

agree. house is superb. i dont about the existence of those illness but the moral of the story is greatly benefited me. ^-^

Hafiz said...

@ valsa nine, if you were looking for moral value, I as a medical student look for the medical aspect of the drama. Sometimes it is disappointing and there were times when there are critical medical errors made, but that's why House is interesting for me :)