Life as an Extreme Sport

The Beautiful House

I’ve made no real secret of my long-time fascination with medical shows and their distortions of reality, and how I think that distortion creates an “ER-effect” just as much as we have the “CSI-effect” or “Law & Order-effect”. In fact, if I get off my rear and out of the house enough in the next couple of days, I’ll be tossing off at least one, if not two, abstracts proposing book chapters for just this sort of thing. (Well, one on this sort of thing in a broad sense. I might also submit one that’s more focused on the problems of representations of chronic pain, and the difference between addiction and dependency – but much of my critique of that still stems from the fact that their inaccurate representations have an effect on real people.) Apparently I’m just always on the cutting edge of trendy. In the last couple of

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to intubate or not to intubate, that is the big ethical question

We’re in the middle of an impressive snowfall, so I’ve decided to curl up on my couch and watch TV. Currently, an older episode of House is playing, and as you well know, I love the ethical spin the show brings. To catch you up on what’s happening, House doesn’t believe a patient has ALS. Patient thinks he has ALS and has signed a DNR while he can’t. House’s team decided to try a medication on top of what the patient was already receiving, to rule out another possibility for paralysis. The patient reacted badly to the medication, and went into respiratory distress. House’s team refused to intubate, citing the DNR, so House intubated and bagged the patient, then placed him on a vent. House: Everyone knows what’s wrong with me. What’s wrong with him is much more interesting. Foreman: You tubed him and he didn’t want to be tubed!

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House (M.D.) Trivia

Occasionally it’s fun read the IMDB trivia page for TV shows. For example, while I’ve long dismissed the criticism that there’s no such thing as a diagnostician team/division of diagnostic medicine in hospitals (while I am willing to accept I sometimes have a creative mind, I’m not yet willing to believe I’ve completely made up people I know, working in hospitals, who are working in that field), I’ve been puzzled by Chase’s title, intensivist. According to IMDB, an intensivist is doctor who specializes in intensive care. This specialty is new and uncommon in the United States, but well-established in Australia, where the character is from. Neat, eh? A good attention to detail, which is something I can appreciate. (For those who might have missed out, I’m actually working on a project about television, media, medicine and responsibility. And by working on, I mean doing a lot of reading, and debating

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