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3rd Apr '16 4:27:39 PM RoseAndHeather
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* The "played for comedy" flatline, as described in the introduction, is actually quite a common occurrence. The electrodes can easily slip off the skin, and since the regular beep volume is usually turned down low, nobody notices the irregular signal on the monitor until the flatline beep (or alternative alert) sounds. So there are many false alarms.

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* The "played for comedy" flatline, as described in the introduction, is actually quite a common occurrence. The electrodes can easily slip off the skin, and since the regular beep volume is usually turned down low, nobody notices the irregular signal on the monitor until the flatline beep (or alternative alert) sounds. So there are many false alarms. It's not uncommon for an annoyed patient ostensibly hooked up to one of these to buzz for a nurse because the flatline tone is interfering with their sleep/TV show/whatever.
2nd Apr '16 5:15:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''ActionLeagueNow'': "Danger for a Dignitary". After The Flesh accidentally gets an ambassador injured, Bill the Lab Guy is forced to do a delicate procedure to fix him:

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* Subverted in ''ActionLeagueNow'': ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'': "Danger for a Dignitary". After The Flesh accidentally gets an ambassador injured, Bill the Lab Guy is forced to do a delicate procedure to fix him:
11th Feb '16 5:36:21 PM Teenlyokofan7777
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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' [[RuleOfThree three separate times]]. The first episode to use this trope is "Killer Music" ([[{{Keet}} Odd]]); the second, "Common Interest" (Aelita); and the third time "The Pretender" (Yumi).
30th Jan '16 2:26:34 AM wolftickets1969
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* Xorcist's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH7zbjX14hw "Crack"]] opens with a flatlining EKG; by the dialogue, a drug user apparently is having a NearDeathExperience after doing it the first time. "I didn't do that much stuff, it's only the first time! Oh God please, I wanna go back! "Oh please God, I wanna live!"

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* Xorcist's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH7zbjX14hw "Crack"]] opens with a flatlining EKG; by the dialogue, dialogue (sampled from a 1980's [[DrugsAreBad anti-drug ad]]), a drug user apparently is having a NearDeathExperience after doing it the first time. "I didn't do that much stuff, it's only the first time! Oh God please, I wanna go back! "Oh please God, I wanna live!"
30th Jan '16 2:22:44 AM wolftickets1969
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* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' has this sound when the player character dies, preceded by a CriticalAnnoyance EKG beep.
15th Jan '16 11:03:49 PM jormis29
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*** Done in a very odd way during the credits of the last ''StElsewhere'' episode. The MTM cat was shown lying still, flanked by a beeping heart monitor and IV bag. As the theme music ended, the monitor went to flatline instead of the kitty's traditional "Meow!" Yes, the autistic kid killed a kitty...

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*** Done in a very odd way during the credits of the last ''StElsewhere'' ''Series/StElsewhere'' episode. The MTM cat was shown lying still, flanked by a beeping heart monitor and IV bag. As the theme music ended, the monitor went to flatline instead of the kitty's traditional "Meow!" Yes, the autistic kid killed a kitty...
10th Jan '16 5:22:38 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "All that Glitters" SpongeBob is seen at the infirmary after he tries to replace his spatula with a high tech new one that deserts him:

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* Subverted In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "All that Glitters" SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] is seen at the infirmary after he tries to replace his spatula with a high tech new one that deserts him:



-->'''SpongeBob:''' Spatula?? It can't be true. It's too late!! [sobs uncontrolably]
-->'''Doctor:''' SpongeBob, I-I hate to tell you this..
-->'''SpongeBob:''' I know. He's moved on to the big kitchen drawer in the sky. Hes gone!

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-->'''SpongeBob:''' -->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Spatula?? It can't be true. It's too late!! [sobs uncontrolably]
-->'''Doctor:''' SpongeBob, [=SpongeBob=], I-I hate to tell you this..
-->'''SpongeBob:''' -->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I know. He's moved on to the big kitchen drawer in the sky. Hes gone!



-->'''SpongeBob:''' [sobbing] I'm so sorry... [sobbing continues]

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-->'''SpongeBob:''' -->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [sobbing] I'm so sorry... [sobbing continues]
21st Oct '15 3:36:21 PM tropower
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* ''[[Film/Resurrection1980 Resurrection]]'' features a heart monitor throughout the entire "near-death experience" scene, and yes it does flatline at one point.

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* ''[[Film/Resurrection1980 ''[[Film/{{Resurrection1980}} Resurrection]]'' features a heart monitor throughout the entire "near-death experience" scene, and yes it does flatline at one point.
21st Oct '15 3:31:43 PM tropower
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* ''[[Film/Resurrection1980 Resurrection]]'' features a heart monitor throughout the entire "near-death experience" scene, and yes it does flatline at one point.
17th Sep '15 7:52:06 AM Kitch
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* A potentially catastrophic [[AvertedTrope aversion]] to this is "pulseless electrical activity", or PEA. That's where the brain is sending the signals to the heart to establish heartbeat, but the heart isn't responding. So the monitor is beeping normally, while the patient looks dead as a doornail. This can happen with extreme physical restrictions to the heart muscle like pneumothorax or tamponade, or an extremely well-placed injury to the heart muscle that affects the nerves that transmit those signals.
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