Friday, December 28, 2007

Asystole

Thank the good Lord above that Christmas is over. It's not that I was really a bah humbug this year or anything. I just HATE to shop. I would prefer to walk into one store, up to one rack and have it all be perfect for all the people on my list. Done in 15 minutes - that's my dream. Unfortunately, the universe does not revolve around me. Sigh...............

I watched a movie the other night where they shocked asystole. Yes, I know. Once again, the production company did not seek the assistance of a technical advisor. When will these people learn? Take your dramatic license - but take it with a bit of VFib, not asystole. It's easy to change that little rhythm on the screen of your monitor (that's not even plugged in) with a programmable chicken heart (what we affectionately call our training unit that changes heart rhythms on the screen for different scenarios).

What's that? Give up, you say? Don't sweat the small stuff? It's only TV? Never! Never, I say! I shall never cease my war against inaccurate defib techniques. I shall battle on for the good of the people, the court systems, and if nothing else - my own sanity.

The next time I see a flat asystole line on the TV and they are shocking it, I think I'll shoot the television.

6 comments:

The T-Dude said...

Please, please, get out the camcorder before you shoot, I have to see that on You-Tube. No really. I little explination as to why you are about to shoot your TV followed by a large bang and a satisfied sign from you would be viral video gold!

Julie said...

Too funny. I might need a technical advisor. LOL

Saramedic said...

I watched the movie "Awake", where the surgeons performed a heart transplant, and put the patient on bypass... without a perfusionist... or a bypass pump. Hopefully you don't bring a gun to theaters!!

by: PM, SN said...

I think I'm more irritated by shows that show MDs performing techniques that Nurses usually do.

Right on about shocking asystole, though, Im surprised when I see it in shows that pride themselves on their realism.

Anonymous said...

i feel the same way!!! Too Funny!!!

NewGradNurse said...

my husband gets so irritated b/c i always yell at the arrhythmias on tv. at least on days they had a pretty accurately looking of vtach onset!

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