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12th Jun '16 7:44:12 AM TheNicestGuy
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*''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' averts this in "Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel", at least at first. When Brock Samson wakes up in an O.S.I. sick bay, with every reason to believe he's a prisoner, he drags the I.V. stand with him as he sneaks around the hallways. He even uses it to pin a doctor for questioning. The catheter does come out at some point before he [[ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding skydives out the nearest hatch]]. A more gruesome spin on this trope is [[VulgarHumor played for laughs]] in "Dia de los Dangerous!" when a kidney-less Dr. Venture [[MacGyvering jury rigs]] his robot into a dialysis machine. Whenever he moves carelessly, the two rather short catheters break loose from his abdomen, [[HighPressureBlood spraying blood]] everywhere.

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4th May '16 8:59:28 PM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'':
** Tsuji is staying in the Dispensary after a very bad incident the week before. He's been getting treatment, healing from Kim, and hydration since then. At the point where he has to remove the I.V. so he can go to Chicago with his dad to help Marcellus, it's just replenishing water in his system. As for the wound, he takes some of Kim's healing vial, though that was meant to cure bodily grogginess.
** Kujira is a straighter, villainous example. Hours fresh off major optic surgery, she hears a distress call from the Other Side Gang and elects at that moment to go to Chicago, taking out the IV and all. Bizarrely, she's good at biology, so she should know at least a little something about that. Mitigated in the very next chapter which shows she took time to dress the I.V. wound.
10th Apr '16 10:18:44 PM Firestorm17
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* In one episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', an unsub shoots Reid and sends an accomplice to the hospital to finish him off by poisoning his IV. Reid figures out what the accomplice is doing and pulls out the IV.
16th Mar '16 11:27:48 AM DrOO7
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** ER even featured a version where the doctor themself did it. Carter yanked out a patient's IV upon realizing that he'd given her a medication that she was allergic to, then hurriedly tried to claim that she had done it when questioned by another doctor.
** Series/GeneralHospital: SerialKiller Ryan Chamberlain has been hospitalized. Beloved Chief of Staff Steve Hardy (whose wife Ryan almost killed) has snuck into his room and is preparing to pull out his IV (one of the few times it's acknowledged that doing this could kill someone). Ryan wakes up and tries to taunt him into doing it, but Steve ultimately decides to stand by the most basic principle of medicine--"First, do no harm"--and walks out.
25th Feb '16 5:24:54 PM Spooner
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* A particularly gruesome example in ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'', as one of the girls tries to escape - she runs from the drip stand without removing the needle, which subsequently tears her vein open and bleeds heavily.
11th Dec '15 12:05:21 AM TARINunit9
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* Deconstructed in ''Click''; Adam Sandler pulling his IV leads directly to his death within five minutes. This was partly intended, as he would rather die getting a chance to warn his son than live and see said son repeat his mistakes.

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* Deconstructed in ''Click''; ''Click''. Adam Sandler pulling Sandler, hospitalized, seeing his son is about to repeat his same mistakes, pulls his IV and races out to catch his son in the parking lot. [[RealityEnsues This leads directly to his death within five minutes. This was partly intended, as he would rather die getting a chance to warn his son than live and see said son repeat his mistakes.
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10th Dec '15 11:27:39 PM TARINunit9
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* Deconstructed in ''Click''; Adam Sandler pulling his IV leads directly to his death within five minutes. This was partly intended, as he would rather die getting a chance to warn his son than live and see said son repeat his mistakes.
27th Sep '15 8:43:08 AM HeraldAlberich
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The hero - or villain - has been hospitalized. When they come to, they've got better things to do than sit in the recovery ward for hours and hours - the world's at peril! They dramatically yank off their IV as they're informed of another attack - ''especially'' if the bad guys are knocking down hospital doors, guns blazing. They've got no time to bleed. That this is against DoctorsOrders is always implied, and sometimes explicitly stated.

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The hero - or villain - has hero--or villain--has been hospitalized. When they come to, they've got better things to do than sit in the recovery ward for hours and hours - the hours--the world's at peril! They dramatically yank off their IV as they're informed of another attack - ''especially'' attack--''especially'' if the bad guys are knocking down hospital doors, guns blazing. They've got no time to bleed. That this is against DoctorsOrders is always implied, and sometimes explicitly stated.



Often followed by ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding. See also: WorstAid, TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs, YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever.

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Often followed by ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding. See also: WorstAid, TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs, YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever.
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* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark not only pulls out an IV, but also his own respirator tubes.



* A critically ill Ryuuko was noted to be doing this in ''[[Webcomic/KillLaKillAU Room 002108]]'' and her reasons for pulling out I Vs is that she feels she is going die and has little else to lose.

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* A critically ill Ryuuko was noted to be doing this in ''[[Webcomic/KillLaKillAU Room 002108]]'' and her reasons for pulling out I Vs [=IVs=] is that she feels she is going die and has little else to lose.



* PlayedForLaughs, naturally, in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. There's a young girl being transported to a hospital, whose IV line keeps getting knocked out by the stewardess playing the (borrowed) nun's guitar.

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* PlayedForLaughs, naturally, in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' There's a young girl being transported to a hospital, whose IV line keeps getting knocked out by the stewardess playing the (borrowed) nun's guitar.



* In ''Film/XMen1'', Wolverine wakes up at the medical room of the X-Men base and promptly rips out the needles. Doesn't bleed thanks to his hyper regeneration.

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* In ''Film/XMen1'', Wolverine wakes up at the medical room of the X-Men base and promptly rips out the needles. Doesn't bleed thanks to his hyper regeneration.HealingFactor.




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* ''Film/IronMan1'': Tony Stark not only pulls out an IV, but also his own respirator tubes. Yensin, observing, only stops him when he tries to remove the electromagnet newly implanted in his chest, so presumably the IV and endotracheal tubes were no longer actually necessary.



* Katniss Everdeen does this at least once per book in "''Literature/TheHungerGames''".
* Han Solo does this by accident in ''Literature/TatooineGhost'' when the Tatooinian clinic he's being treated in comes under attack by the villains. He doesn't even realize his arm is bleeding until after the fight is over.

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* Katniss Everdeen does this at least once per book in "''Literature/TheHungerGames''".
''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Han Solo does this by accident in ''Literature/TatooineGhost'' when the Tatooinian clinic he's being treated in comes under attack by the villains. He doesn't even realize his arm is bleeding until after the fight is over.



* Naturally, any TV series featuring an emergency department will show this at least once; notable examples include ''GreysAnatomy'' and ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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* Naturally, any TV series featuring an emergency department will show this at least once; notable examples include ''GreysAnatomy'' ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' and ''Series/{{ER}}''.
1st Jul '15 4:46:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the 00's remake of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', Starbuck does this when breaking out of the Cylon farm.

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* In the 00's remake of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Starbuck does this when breaking out of the Cylon farm.
22nd May '15 5:01:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* When Lady Une comes out of a coma in ''GundamWing'', she pulls out her IV and goes to rescue Treize.
* ''{{Sankarea}}''. Chihiro sustains injuries to his neck serious enough to need an IV and when he wakes up, he gets out of bed fast enough for the IV to come off, but feels nothing.

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* When Lady Une comes out of a coma in ''GundamWing'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', she pulls out her IV and goes to rescue Treize.
* ''{{Sankarea}}''.''Manga/{{Sankarea}}''. Chihiro sustains injuries to his neck serious enough to need an IV and when he wakes up, he gets out of bed fast enough for the IV to come off, but feels nothing.



* An offscreen example happens in ''FruitsBasket''. Rin wakes up in a hospital after collapsing and, in a haze, wanders off. When the nurse sees that she's missing, there's a shot of her slightly-bloody IV needle lying on her bed. Presumably she didn't notice any pain because she was that delirious.


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* An offscreen example happens in ''FruitsBasket''.''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Rin wakes up in a hospital after collapsing and, in a haze, wanders off. When the nurse sees that she's missing, there's a shot of her slightly-bloody IV needle lying on her bed. Presumably she didn't notice any pain because she was that delirious.




* ''HarryBrown'' of the eponymous film removes his monitors and goes home after waking in hospital following an emphysema attack.

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* ''HarryBrown'' ''Film/HarryBrown'' of the eponymous film removes his monitors and goes home after waking in hospital following an emphysema attack.



* Bob Lee Swagger does this to himself in ''{{Shooter}}''; he's been shot and knows he's going into shock from blood loss, so he improvises an IV set using aquarium tubing, plastic soda bottles, and a ''basting needle.'' Once he's bolused himself with a liter or so of homemade sugar-salt solution, he yanks the line out and continues on his merry BadAss way.

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* Bob Lee Swagger does this to himself in ''{{Shooter}}''; ''Film/{{Shooter}}''; he's been shot and knows he's going into shock from blood loss, so he improvises an IV set using aquarium tubing, plastic soda bottles, and a ''basting needle.'' Once he's bolused himself with a liter or so of homemade sugar-salt solution, he yanks the line out and continues on his merry BadAss way.



* Averted in an episode of ''{{Moonlighting}}'', where a hospitalized gangster gets into a fight and drags his IV drip around with him. PlayedForLaughs, obviously.

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* Averted in an episode of ''{{Moonlighting}}'', ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', where a hospitalized gangster gets into a fight and drags his IV drip around with him. PlayedForLaughs, obviously.



* The breathing tube variant also appears in an episode of ''RoyalPains.'' Jill asks Divya to have them take her breathing tube out; Divya explains she can't, and so Jill gives her a distraction so she can remove it herself.

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* The breathing tube variant also appears in an episode of ''RoyalPains.''Series/RoyalPains.'' Jill asks Divya to have them take her breathing tube out; Divya explains she can't, and so Jill gives her a distraction so she can remove it herself.



* In ''AngelsInAmerica'', when Roy Cohn is in the hospital for treatment regarding his suffering from HIV, he accidentally knocks out his IV while flailing in anger at a visitor. This does cause him pain as well as cause blood to come out, which the nurse hurries to clean up and warns the visitor to wash off of himself ASAP.

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* In ''AngelsInAmerica'', ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', when Roy Cohn is in the hospital for treatment regarding his suffering from HIV, he accidentally knocks out his IV while flailing in anger at a visitor. This does cause him pain as well as cause blood to come out, which the nurse hurries to clean up and warns the visitor to wash off of himself ASAP.



* AlphaProtocol had this early on, noted in this episode of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/unskippable/1932-Alpha-Protocol Unskippable (occurs 2:44, called out at 6:18)]]
* Occurs at the very end of ''{{Sanitarium}}'', [[spoiler:when the protagonist wakes from his coma]]. Justified in that the villain had moments ago injected poison in his IV bag.

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* AlphaProtocol ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' had this early on, noted in this episode of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/unskippable/1932-Alpha-Protocol Unskippable (occurs 2:44, called out at 6:18)]]
* Occurs at the very end of ''{{Sanitarium}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'', [[spoiler:when the protagonist wakes from his coma]]. Justified in that the villain had moments ago injected poison in his IV bag.
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