Young doctors at an Alberta, Canada hospital have been performing a run of incorrectly handled intubations, according to the National Post. (That’s when the one dude can’t breathe for some weird reason, like he’s allergic to the watermelon sauce covering his filet mignon, and this other dude yells, “Get me a bottle of brandy and a Bic pen!” and that dude slices the first dude’s throat open and shoves the pen in the hole while splashing brandy all over him, and the first dude is all happy cause now he has a pen-hole in his neck to breathe through and blow brandy bubbles out of and he takes the second dude to his private jet and… well, anyway, that’s what it is.) Asked why so many doctors appear not to know how to handle the procedure, the hospital responded that the doctors in question had apparently learned intubation techniques from medical dramas on TV… where the doctors, the patients, and the intubations were not real. (Out of 80 doctors questioned, an unrevealed yet reportedly “large proportion” admitted to learning what they knew about the emergency surgery from TV.)
Dr. Peter Brindley, critical-care specialist at the University of Alberta Hospital and colleague Dr. Craig Needham studied a season of ER, and observed 22 intubations, 100% of which were performed incorrectly.
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