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Thanks to my mother-in-law for this one. She's having it made into bumper stickers as well.

She is a respiratory therapist in southern California and often deals with people in the ER. She says that she's seen a lot of families of people who have been forcefully resuscitated who expect the sick person to get up and walk out of the hospital. Because they've seen it on TV.

One of the doctors she works with talks to these families and spends a lot of time acquainting them with the realities of medicine. Only 8% of people who are forcibly resuscitated walk out of the hospital. A further 7% live out the rest of their lives in a nursing home. The rest (that's right, 85%) DIE. And that 15% that lived, they've got a lot of recovery ahead of them just for the resuscitation, which can be brutal. Mine left me with a burns and has permanently impacted my health.

We had a long talk about what she and my father-in-law want done, and she said that if it didn't involve needing the signatures of two witnesses, she'd have "DNR" tattooed across her sternum. Frankly, I think any tattoo place in the world would do it, and throw in the signatures of the artist and an assistant for free. It's a good idea.


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May. 10th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think a study a few years ago showed that, of the times that a chest cavity was actually opened in the TV series ER, the patient survived about 80-85% of the time.

I know that I have to catch myself from thinking "gee, you can survive that-- easily!" when discussing medical things, because ER warps your brain.

Oh, and conversely, being an ER doctor or attractive nurse is the most hazardous profession, as you are likely to be stabbed, shot, beaten up, threatened repeatedly, in multiple bomb situations, get brain cancer-- twice, and have a helicopter land on you.

At some point, I want one of these people to look around and say "what the hell? Why does this shit happen every May?!?"
May. 11th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
One of the buttons on my purse says, "Who needs reality based TV in a TV based reality?"

Yes, I am The TV Slut, but it's because I like the nature of the stories on TV. S.T.O.R.I.E.S.
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