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17th Jan '17 9:10:12 AM thatawesomedude13
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* Trying to make someone vomit poisonous or infectious things they have consumed. If they aren't already vomiting (which ''does'' happen with some substances, alcohol being the most notorious), you should just get them to a hospital. Supportive treatment begun early (or antidotes/antitoxins where they exist) often does far more good than trying to purge the substance from the body. Finally, in some cases a drug or alcohol or other overdose can cause unconsciousness and someone vomiting can breathe in their own vomit (pulmonary aspiration), complicating their potential survival with a nasty case of pneumonia... Or asphyxiation. It is important to note that many countries offer a poison control hotline[[note]]1-800-222-1222 in the United States[[/note]], which can offer expert advice and specific instructions for the particular poison ingested (if known). If these guys say to induce vomiting, do it; however, as noted before, this is a situational precaution, and should not be attempted unless it is known for certain it is the right thing to do.

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* Trying to make someone vomit poisonous or infectious things they have consumed. If they aren't already vomiting (which ''does'' happen with some substances, alcohol being the most notorious), you should just get them to a hospital. Supportive treatment begun early (or antidotes/antitoxins where they exist) often does far more good than trying to purge the substance from the body. Finally, in some cases a drug or alcohol or other overdose can cause unconsciousness and someone vomiting can breathe in their own vomit (pulmonary aspiration), complicating their potential survival with a nasty case of pneumonia... Or asphyxiation.If the poison was a strong acid,alkali, or a petroleum product,vomiting could cause further damage to the esophagus and mouth. It is important to note that many countries offer a poison control hotline[[note]]1-800-222-1222 in the United States[[/note]], which can offer expert advice and specific instructions for the particular poison ingested (if known). If these guys say to induce vomiting, do it; however, as noted before, this is a situational precaution, and should not be attempted unless it is known for certain it is the right thing to do.
27th Dec '16 8:46:46 AM DannWoolf
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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas,'' the medical personnel some how can magical revive people who died from gunfire, explosions, and fire just with CPR, and still run in to the enter the area the insane gun man (I.E. you) is still shooting up. That pales in comparison to all the people they '''run over''' in their pursuit of saving lives.

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas,'' the medical personnel some how can magical revive people who died from gunfire, explosions, and fire just with CPR, and still run in to have the enter the balls to do it in an area the an insane gun man gunman (I.E. you) is still shooting up. That pales in comparison to all the people they '''run over''' in their pursuit of saving lives.
22nd Dec '16 1:24:00 PM Ebrbfureh
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* [[LodgedBladeRecycling Removing impaling foreign objects from wounds]]. Generally they've smashed all the bits they're going to smash, and are now acting as a plug on the wound - and an infection can be fought off with antibiotics at the hospital. Pull the plug, and you may be dead in minutes. Barbed weapons might tear more flesh and if they don't, you're unlikely to be able to pull it out at the exact angle it went in.

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* [[LodgedBladeRecycling Removing impaling foreign objects from wounds]]. Generally they've smashed all the bits they're going to smash, and are now acting as a plug on the wound - and wound--and an infection can be fought off with antibiotics at the hospital. Pull the plug, and you may be dead in minutes. Barbed weapons might tear more flesh and if they don't, you're unlikely to be able to pull it out at the exact angle it went in.



* Disregarding the security of an accident scene or even personal safety, in violation of the most important rule: Avoid increasing the number of casualties. Rushing onto the freeway isn't any more safe because there's an upended car on it. This one's popular in real life – paramedics get called out at least weekly in some areas for accidents caused by people running onto the freeway to help.

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* Disregarding the security of an accident scene or even personal safety, in violation of the most important rule: Avoid increasing the number of casualties. Rushing onto the freeway isn't any more safe because there's an upended car on it. This one's popular in real life – paramedics life--paramedics get called out at least weekly in some areas for accidents caused by people running onto the freeway to help.



* Beginning care on a conscious adult without consent. The person can sue for assault and battery, and this applies even to choking victims.[[note]]Just so this article doesn't stop you from helping people in real emergencies, if consent is given, or if consent can be reasonably assumed ("Please help" is a reasonable assumption), then you're often protected by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Samaritan_law Good Samaritan Laws]] even if you fail to save the person.[[/note]] Note that this only applies to conscious adults -- conscious children are either assumed to give consent or you must obtain consent from the child's legal guardian (parent or otherwise) on the scene, and if there is no one else on the scene, it's assumed. Unconscious ''anything'' is also fair game under the doctrine of implied consent, which is the assumption that an unconscious person would want you to help them even if they can't communicate it. The exception to implied consent is the DNR or Do Not Resuscitate order, in which a patient puts in writing that they do not want help if they fall unconscious, but this is unlikely to apply outside of a hospital or dedicated care facility.

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* Beginning care on a conscious adult without consent. The person can sue for assault and battery, and this applies even to choking victims.[[note]]Just so this article doesn't stop you from helping people in real emergencies, if consent is given, or if consent can be reasonably assumed ("Please help" is a reasonable assumption), then you're often protected by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Samaritan_law Good Samaritan Laws]] even if you fail to save the person.[[/note]] Note that this only applies to conscious adults -- conscious adults--conscious children are either assumed to give consent or you must obtain consent from the child's legal guardian (parent or otherwise) on the scene, and if there is no one else on the scene, it's assumed. Unconscious ''anything'' is also fair game under the doctrine of implied consent, which is the assumption that an unconscious person would want you to help them even if they can't communicate it. The exception to implied consent is the DNR or Do Not Resuscitate order, in which a patient puts in writing that they do not want help if they fall unconscious, but this is unlikely to apply outside of a hospital or dedicated care facility.



* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' - After the final fight of the Tokyo story arc, [[spoiler:Revy's leg is impaled all the way through by Ginji's katana. What does Rock do? Why, rip the sword out of her leg! It's incredible that Revy didn't bleed to death.]]

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* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' - After ''Manga/BlackLagoon''--After the final fight of the Tokyo story arc, [[spoiler:Revy's leg is impaled all the way through by Ginji's katana. What does Rock do? Why, rip the sword out of her leg! It's incredible that Revy didn't bleed to death.]]



* Subverted in ''Fanfic/TheSunSoul'' - a(n insane) Bug Catcher pulls out a knife that was stabbed into his leg. Blood starts gushing out immediately, since the blade had sliced the femoral artery. The only thing that stopped him from dying from blood loss was the Weedle got to him first.

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* Subverted in ''Fanfic/TheSunSoul'' - a(n ''Fanfic/TheSunSoul''--a(n insane) Bug Catcher pulls out a knife that was stabbed into his leg. Blood starts gushing out immediately, since the blade had sliced the femoral artery. The only thing that stopped him from dying from blood loss was the Weedle got to him first.



* ''Film/TheRuins''... oh, good lord, ''The Ruins'': first, they accidentally drop a guy a couple of stories, discover that he can't move or even feel his legs, and -- even though they speculate that he may have a broken back and argue that it is a bad idea -- proceed to ''pick him up'' between them and move him (horrific ''crunch'' noises included). Then they decide to [[spoiler:amputate his infected legs]] by [[spoiler:breaking his bones with a rock and cauterizing the stumps with a ''frying pan''.]] ''[[{{Squick}} All.]] [[NauseaFuel On. Screen.]]'' All of this on the advice of a ''pre-med'' student. ''Two'' of them were pre-med students, actually.[[note]]The characters in question (except the AlmostDeadGuy) were all TooDumbToLive anyway, so all this idiocy may be intentional.[[/note]]

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* ''Film/TheRuins''... oh, good lord, ''The Ruins'': first, they accidentally drop a guy a couple of stories, discover that he can't move or even feel his legs, and -- even and--even though they speculate that he may have a broken back and argue that it is a bad idea -- proceed idea--proceed to ''pick him up'' between them and move him (horrific ''crunch'' noises included). Then they decide to [[spoiler:amputate his infected legs]] by [[spoiler:breaking his bones with a rock and cauterizing the stumps with a ''frying pan''.]] ''[[{{Squick}} All.]] [[NauseaFuel On. Screen.]]'' All of this on the advice of a ''pre-med'' student. ''Two'' of them were pre-med students, actually.[[note]]The characters in question (except the AlmostDeadGuy) were all TooDumbToLive anyway, so all this idiocy may be intentional.[[/note]]



* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII,'' Michelle Monaghan beats the crap out of her patient - that is, performs multiple precordial chest thumps to restore an asystolic heart. While she should now have a corpse with a broken sternum, this instead brought him back to life. At the very least they averted MagicalDefibrillator earlier in the film when they planned to use the defibrillator to temporarily ''flatline'' the patient in order to short out her cranial bomb.

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* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII,'' Michelle Monaghan beats the crap out of her patient - that patient--that is, performs multiple precordial chest thumps to restore an asystolic heart. While she should now have a corpse with a broken sternum, this instead brought him back to life. At the very least they averted MagicalDefibrillator earlier in the film when they planned to use the defibrillator to temporarily ''flatline'' the patient in order to short out her cranial bomb.



* The British music movie ''Film/TwentyFourHourPartyPeople'' shows the ultimate in ''not'' helping an epileptic fit -- Backstage as Joy Division's Ian Curtis has a fit, bassist Hooky, instead of offering any help, bends down and retrieves his cigarettes from Ian's pocket; "he's still got me fags". According to an interview with ''Q'' magazine this really did did happen, but it was drummer Steve Morris and not Hooky looking for cigarettes.

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* The British music movie ''Film/TwentyFourHourPartyPeople'' shows the ultimate in ''not'' helping an epileptic fit -- Backstage fit--Backstage as Joy Division's Ian Curtis has a fit, bassist Hooky, instead of offering any help, bends down and retrieves his cigarettes from Ian's pocket; "he's still got me fags". According to an interview with ''Q'' magazine this really did did happen, but it was drummer Steve Morris and not Hooky looking for cigarettes.



* Creator/BernardCornwell's ''Starbuck Chronicles'' set in the American Civil War features a doctor reviving a man by pouring ''caustic iodine on his balls''. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately -- Civil War doctors really did use this to try and bring people out of unconsciousness and comas. In some cases it was felt that a declining heartbeat could be increased by doing this too.

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* Creator/BernardCornwell's ''Starbuck Chronicles'' set in the American Civil War features a doctor reviving a man by pouring ''caustic iodine on his balls''. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately -- Civil unfortunately--Civil War doctors really did use this to try and bring people out of unconsciousness and comas. In some cases it was felt that a declining heartbeat could be increased by doing this too.



* In ''The Dawns Are Quiet Here'', the hero is shot in his arm, and the bullet hits a major blood vessel. He then runs for his life and crosses the "impassable" swamp to lose his enemies. After stopping to check his wound, he discovers it was clogged by ''swamp mud'' - and decides to just leave it as is, fearing he'll bleed to death if he removes the mud. So he just bandages it ''over the sleeve''. [[spoiler: [[DeconstructedTrope However]], a few hours later it becomes clear that the wound got infected, and since that his arm is becoming gradually more useless, and he himself - gradually more sick and feverish. By the end, he keeps himself going purely by mix of sheer will and desperation, and [[PostVictoryCollapse collapses after finishing the job]]. DistantEpilogue reveals he survived, but lost that arm.]]

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* In ''The Dawns Are Quiet Here'', the hero is shot in his arm, and the bullet hits a major blood vessel. He then runs for his life and crosses the "impassable" swamp to lose his enemies. After stopping to check his wound, he discovers it was clogged by ''swamp mud'' - and mud''--and decides to just leave it as is, fearing he'll bleed to death if he removes the mud. So he just bandages it ''over the sleeve''. [[spoiler: [[DeconstructedTrope However]], a few hours later it becomes clear that the wound got infected, and since that his arm is becoming gradually more useless, and he himself - gradually himself--gradually more sick and feverish. By the end, he keeps himself going purely by mix of sheer will and desperation, and [[PostVictoryCollapse collapses after finishing the job]]. DistantEpilogue reveals he survived, but lost that arm.]]



** Ronon has also pulled an arrow out of his own leg once and popped his dislocated shoulder back into place. (It is possible to fix a dislocated shoulder, but it is incredibly, brutally painful -- especially when it's your own.) In another episode, he also has a huge shard of something in his shoulder. The doctor, clearly not familiar with his patient, eventually gives up arguing with Ronon about taking it out and tells him to do it himself. Cue the doctor's frantic protests when Ronon tries to do just that.

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** Ronon has also pulled an arrow out of his own leg once and popped his dislocated shoulder back into place. (It is possible to fix a dislocated shoulder, but it is incredibly, brutally painful -- especially painful--especially when it's your own.) In another episode, he also has a huge shard of something in his shoulder. The doctor, clearly not familiar with his patient, eventually gives up arguing with Ronon about taking it out and tells him to do it himself. Cue the doctor's frantic protests when Ronon tries to do just that.



*** Especially considering that, despite the Doctor [[NotThatKindOfDoctor not being a medical doctor]], it has been shown he does know advanced first aid, and would have definitely known how to do CPR. Perhaps it is Rory's fault, seeing as, despite being a qualified nurse, he instructs Amy to do CPR 'just like they do on TV'. Which, in Amy's defence, she does exactly - she poorly executes it, gives up and starts crying and viola, Rory is revived!
* Averted in ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}''. Many episodes show people who realize someone has a neck injury and say, "Uh oh -- better not move them".

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*** Especially considering that, despite the Doctor [[NotThatKindOfDoctor not being a medical doctor]], it has been shown he does know advanced first aid, and would have definitely known how to do CPR. Perhaps it is Rory's fault, seeing as, despite being a qualified nurse, he instructs Amy to do CPR 'just like they do on TV'. Which, in Amy's defence, she does exactly - she exactly--she poorly executes it, gives up and starts crying and viola, Rory is revived!
* Averted in ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}''. Many episodes show people who realize someone has a neck injury and say, "Uh oh -- better oh--better not move them".



* On the 1989 "The Main Event" -- the installment that saw Wrestling/RandySavage turn against Wrestling/HulkHogan during their tag team match against Big Bossman and Akeem -- when Miss Elizabeth is knocked unconscious (after Akeem throws Savage onto her), a distraught Hogan rushes to her side and picks her body up without allowing the medics to render proper first aid. In kayfabe, nothing happens -- she just "regains consciousness" on cue and sends Hogan back to the ring; had these been real life injuries, her neck could possibly have been broken or internal injuries aggravated to the point of being fatal.[[note]]Incidentally, Savage was guilty of this at least twice, in matches against Wrestling/AndreTheGiant when André grabbed Elizabeth's ankle and allegedly broke it; instead of allowing officials to check out the "injury," Savage merely carried her to the back of the arena.[[/note]]

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* On the 1989 "The Main Event" -- the Event"--the installment that saw Wrestling/RandySavage turn against Wrestling/HulkHogan during their tag team match against Big Bossman and Akeem -- when Akeem--when Miss Elizabeth is knocked unconscious (after Akeem throws Savage onto her), a distraught Hogan rushes to her side and picks her body up without allowing the medics to render proper first aid. In kayfabe, nothing happens -- she happens--she just "regains consciousness" on cue and sends Hogan back to the ring; had these been real life injuries, her neck could possibly have been broken or internal injuries aggravated to the point of being fatal.[[note]]Incidentally, Savage was guilty of this at least twice, in matches against Wrestling/AndreTheGiant when André grabbed Elizabeth's ankle and allegedly broke it; instead of allowing officials to check out the "injury," Savage merely carried her to the back of the arena.[[/note]]



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' [[HollywoodHealing bandages heal everything]], be it slashes, blunt trauma or damage done by any sort of magic. However, they are not really effective - in combat the best they can do nowadays is heal ScratchDamage while anything more serious or urgent requires actual healing magic, and out of combat they are outshone by simply sitting down and eating something. What's even worse: Receiving damage interrupts the bandaging process. A possible source of damage? [[FlatWhat Bleeding.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic Team Fortress]]'' -- the original one that was a ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' mod -- has the medic class heal people by ''[[HealingShiv hitting them with his axe]]''.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' [[HollywoodHealing bandages heal everything]], be it slashes, blunt trauma or damage done by any sort of magic. However, they are not really effective - in effective--in combat the best they can do nowadays is heal ScratchDamage while anything more serious or urgent requires actual healing magic, and out of combat they are outshone by simply sitting down and eating something. What's even worse: Receiving damage interrupts the bandaging process. A possible source of damage? [[FlatWhat Bleeding.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic Team Fortress]]'' -- the Fortress]]''--the original one that was a ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' mod -- has mod--has the medic class heal people by ''[[HealingShiv hitting them with his axe]]''.



** He lost his medical license because of someone's entire skeleton [[NoodleIncident going missing for a nondescript reason]], and he considers the Hippocratic Oath to be a suggestion at best - he can even get a bust of Hippocrates with a plaque reading "Do No Harm" and bash enemies over the head with it.

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** He lost his medical license because of someone's entire skeleton [[NoodleIncident going missing for a nondescript reason]], and he considers the Hippocratic Oath to be a suggestion at best - he best--he can even get a bust of Hippocrates with a plaque reading "Do No Harm" and bash enemies over the head with it.



* Averted in later versions of ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy''. You are given an "Individual First Aid Kit" but are made to sit through a lesson which teaches you what treatment to use for each symptom before you're allowed to use it. All are correct battlefield first aid techniques taught by the Army to average soldiers, although the lesson is condensed. However, during a firefight, when a team member goes down, it's often fairly hard to pay attention too long to the symptoms with bullets whizzing by -- though one could say that that's the point. Gameplay wise, this just amounts to running up to an injured ally and holding the 'Use' button to patch them up, and ironically, there have been reports of people using what they learned in the game to save lives in the real world.

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* Averted in later versions of ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy''. You are given an "Individual First Aid Kit" but are made to sit through a lesson which teaches you what treatment to use for each symptom before you're allowed to use it. All are correct battlefield first aid techniques taught by the Army to average soldiers, although the lesson is condensed. However, during a firefight, when a team member goes down, it's often fairly hard to pay attention too long to the symptoms with bullets whizzing by -- though by--though one could say that that's the point. Gameplay wise, this just amounts to running up to an injured ally and holding the 'Use' button to patch them up, and ironically, there have been reports of people using what they learned in the game to save lives in the real world.



** The third game shows that this behavior isn't entirely without consequence - Max is a barely-functional addict for those painkillers.

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** The third game shows that this behavior isn't entirely without consequence - Max consequence--Max is a barely-functional addict for those painkillers.



** Which is the inverse of potions in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', which are used by sprkinkling it over someone. Or occasionally ''throwing the bottle'' into their face.

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** Which is the inverse of potions in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', which are used by sprkinkling sprinkling it over someone. Or occasionally ''throwing the bottle'' into their face.



* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the treatment for being bitten by a leech is to burn it off with a cigar. If you do this to a leech in real life, it will vomit into the wound and increase the risk of infection. The ''correct'' way to remove a leech is to gently pry its mouths -- yes, ''mouths''; [[BizarreAlienBiology they have two of them]] -- off of the skin. Usually it's done with one's fingers, but Snake still resorts to using the cigar...even though he's equipped with a combat knife.

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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the treatment for being bitten by a leech is to burn it off with a cigar. If you do this to a leech in real life, it will vomit into the wound and increase the risk of infection. The ''correct'' way to remove a leech is to gently pry its mouths -- yes, mouths--yes, ''mouths''; [[BizarreAlienBiology they have two of them]] -- off them]]--off of the skin. Usually it's done with one's fingers, but Snake still resorts to using the cigar...even though he's equipped with a combat knife.



-->'''Yahtzee:''' And, lest we forget, you can shoot various flavors of lightning out of your arse. Some of those flavors do seem a bit ridiculous, like electric healing - since everyone knows that 50,000 volts is just the thing for a collapsed lung.

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-->'''Yahtzee:''' And, lest we forget, you can shoot various flavors of lightning out of your arse. Some of those flavors do seem a bit ridiculous, like electric healing - since healing--since everyone knows that 50,000 volts is just the thing for a collapsed lung.



'''Sarge:''' [[ChewToy Grif]] -- [[HypocriticalHumor why in hell would you give somebody CPR for a]] ''bullet wound in the head?'' That doesn't make a lick of sense!\\

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'''Sarge:''' [[ChewToy Grif]] -- [[HypocriticalHumor Grif]]--[[HypocriticalHumor why in hell would you give somebody CPR for a]] ''bullet wound in the head?'' That doesn't make a lick of sense!\\



** It doesn't help very much, and is even frequently {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, when they get an actual medic -- a medic who thinks CPR is a perfectly acceptable treatment for a bullet wound to the head, [[BrickJoke rubs someone's neck with aloe vera when his pinkie toe falls off]], and has no clue what his medical scanning device actual means. As Doc himself said: Doctors make you better, medics make you more comfortable while you die. It doesn't help at all that, as he admitted to Church, he never even passed the MCAT to get into medical school in the first place.

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** It doesn't help very much, and is even frequently {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, when they get an actual medic -- a medic--a medic who thinks CPR is a perfectly acceptable treatment for a bullet wound to the head, [[BrickJoke rubs someone's neck with aloe vera when his pinkie toe falls off]], and has no clue what his medical scanning device actual means. As Doc himself said: Doctors make you better, medics make you more comfortable while you die. It doesn't help at all that, as he admitted to Church, he never even passed the MCAT to get into medical school in the first place.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Dr. Zoidberg is an extreme example, whose ability to distort his patients' bodies and have them somehow survive would be impressive if it were not ''The Future!'' One episode revealed that being "zoidberg" is a term for an incompetent doctor. Said episode involved a ChainOfDeals with the Planet Express crew - except that the deals are surgery. By the end of treating Fry's stabbed hand Fry is turning into a Smurf, Leela has several extra vertebrae, Hermes has had his missing vertebrae replaced with someone else's body from the waist down, Scruffy is a head on a foot, Amy is hypnotized, and [[RobotBuddy Bender]] has somehow become incontinent. Fortunately an Actual Doctor is able to fix most of it.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Dr. Zoidberg is an extreme example, whose ability to distort his patients' bodies and have them somehow survive would be impressive if it were not ''The Future!'' One episode revealed that being "zoidberg" is a term for an incompetent doctor. Said episode involved a ChainOfDeals with the Planet Express crew - except crew--except that the deals are surgery. By the end of treating Fry's stabbed hand Fry is turning into a Smurf, Leela has several extra vertebrae, Hermes has had his missing vertebrae replaced with someone else's body from the waist down, Scruffy is a head on a foot, Amy is hypnotized, and [[RobotBuddy Bender]] has somehow become incontinent. Fortunately an Actual Doctor is able to fix most of it.



** Oh, and this same first-aid course apparently consisted of CPR, the Heimlich Manoeuvre and the Recovery Position and that was ''it''. Nothing on recognising the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack -- the subjects of major public-awareness campaigns so that people seek medical assistance before their condition becomes life-threatening -- or dealing with [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal burns, bleeding or a broken bone.]]

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** Oh, and this same first-aid course apparently consisted of CPR, the Heimlich Manoeuvre and the Recovery Position and that was ''it''. Nothing on recognising the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack -- the attack--the subjects of major public-awareness campaigns so that people seek medical assistance before their condition becomes life-threatening -- or life-threatening--or dealing with [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal burns, bleeding or a broken bone.]]



* Lot of people give CPR the same way many actors do - with their arms bent and using almost no pressure and breathing in mouth without covering the nose. Others start right, but stop when ribs break, thinking they did it wrong. One of first things said in first-aid courses is "If you hear loud cracks, don't stop. Those were ribs. They won't need them if they die." The 2010 standards revision suggests that compressions are more valuable than ventilations and move some air on their own through the pressure on the chest, so anyone without training is requested to do compression only CPR.

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* Lot of people give CPR the same way many actors do - with do--with their arms bent and using almost no pressure and breathing in mouth without covering the nose. Others start right, but stop when ribs break, thinking they did it wrong. One of first things said in first-aid courses is "If you hear loud cracks, don't stop. Those were ribs. They won't need them if they die." The 2010 standards revision suggests that compressions are more valuable than ventilations and move some air on their own through the pressure on the chest, so anyone without training is requested to do compression only CPR.
6th Dec '16 8:22:02 PM TheSinful
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* Narrowly averted in ''Film/HardcoreHenry'' when Henry goes to remove a piece of glass from Wheelchair Jimmy's neck only for WW2 Jimmy to tell him it'd only make the bleeding worse.
1st Dec '16 7:31:03 PM lucy24
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* Telephone directories may include a brief First Aid and Survival section. One notorious passage from a few decades ago advised shaking an unconscious person by the shoulder while shouting “Are you all right?” Critics pointed out that this is especially useful if the person turns out to have a spinal injury.
1st Dec '16 7:23:23 PM lucy24
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* Spoofed in a picture caption in the first-aid section of Abbie Hoffman’s ''Steal This Book'': “If the head is bleeding, should I fasten a tourniquet around the neck?”
1st Dec '16 7:19:50 PM lucy24
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has, at the climax, one character [[spoiler:(Imperator Furiosa)]] pull something she had been stabbed with out of her side. What happens next is actually pretty realistic, as she looks like death warmed over pretty much immediately, develops a pneomothorax and near exsanguinates until she's given a blood transfusion just in time, and even afterwards is still visibly in rough shape. Director George Miller actually worked in an emergency department, so this doubles as ShownTheirWork.

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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has, at the climax, one character [[spoiler:(Imperator Furiosa)]] pull something she had been stabbed with out of her side. What happens next is actually pretty realistic, as she looks like death warmed over pretty much immediately, develops a pneomothorax pneumothorax and near exsanguinates until she's given a blood transfusion just in time, and even afterwards is still visibly in rough shape. Director George Miller actually worked in an emergency department, so this doubles as ShownTheirWork.
1st Dec '16 7:16:15 PM lucy24
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* Person has hypothermia? Throw them in hot water! In real life, this would cause their core temperature to shoot right up, inviting the colder fluid from the extremities in. The resulting diffusion would make the person even colder, or worse, mess up their heart. Alcohol as a frostbite cure. While alcohol can create a quick rush of warmth by dilating blood vessels, this same effect can cause a ''faster'' and very dangerous drop in temperature.
* Giving alcohol to someone suffering from hypothermia, [[SaintBernardRescue often shown as being delivered by St. Bernards.]] Alcohol only gives the ''illusion'' of warmth when you're freezing. It actually drops your core temperature. It might make you think you feel better for a few minutes, but it's actually killing you faster.

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* Person has hypothermia? Throw them in hot water! In real life, this would cause their core temperature to shoot right up, inviting the colder fluid from the extremities in. The resulting diffusion would make the person even colder, or worse, mess up their heart. Alcohol as At worst, a frostbite cure. While alcohol sudden return of circulation to cold extremities can create result in a quick rush of warmth by dilating blood vessels, this same effect can cause a ''faster'' and very dangerous fatal drop in temperature.
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* Giving alcohol to someone suffering from hypothermia, [[SaintBernardRescue often shown as being delivered by St. Bernards.]] Alcohol only gives the ''illusion'' of warmth when you're freezing. It actually drops your core temperature. It might make you think you feel better for a few minutes, by dilating surface blood vessels, but it's actually killing you faster.
1st Dec '16 5:21:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** Later, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt decided to ''leave the bullet in'' after somebody tried to assassinate him, remembering that taking it out killed Garfield, surmising (correctly) that the absence of BloodFromTheMouth meant he was alright. He was also just that {{badass}}. Roosevelt was shot at a campaign appearance. He gave his speech anyway (starting by saying "Ladies and Gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose"), ''then'' sought medical treatment.

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** Later, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt decided to ''leave the bullet in'' after somebody tried to assassinate him, remembering that taking it out killed Garfield, surmising (correctly) that the absence of BloodFromTheMouth meant he was alright. He was also just that {{badass}}.badass. Roosevelt was shot at a campaign appearance. He gave his speech anyway (starting by saying "Ladies and Gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose"), ''then'' sought medical treatment.
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* Lampshaded in the ''WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation'' review of ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}''.

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* Lampshaded in the ''WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation'' ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' review of ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}''.
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