Movies & TV shows strive to be entertaining. Many succeed. However, on the road to entertainment certain realities are tweaked for the grand effect. Here are some examples presented by Thorin Klosowski of LifeHacker:
- CPR: Many an emotional moment have been spent on reviving someone using CPR in cinema. But maybe not long enough. Movies portray CPR as a lifesaving skill that has a good chance of reviving a victim easily and quickly. Truth is, CPR can at best, prolong life until professional emergency care is administered. It is also not nearly as likely the patient will survive as the movies would have you believe.
- Getting Knocked Out: Got knocked out? No biggie! You may have a headache for a while, but you’ll be ok. But really, if one does get knocked out, he should probably consult with a doctor in the near future, as concussions can be serious. Incidentally, knocking someone else out is not as easy as it seems on TV.
- Nosebleeds: Many shows advise the nosebleeder to tilt your head back. This has been shown to be unadvisable. For one, it can increase the danger of choking & vomiting.
- Snake Bite: Catching the venom before it spreads by sucking it out sounds logical. WebMD, however, points out it should never be done. Covering the wound, immobilizaton & immediate transport to the hospital are among the more sound courses of action.
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