Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey guys, thank’s for joining me! Today’s video is going to be about what I
used to think medicine was all about… so TV shows, pop culture, compared to what it’s
actually like. So we’re going to talk about emergencies,
CPR, flat lining, call rooms, paper work, and is Dr. House right? Are all patients really lying to us? So comment below and let me know what you’ve
seen in the media about medicine! I thought everything was STAT, like, you order
blood work STAT, you get a CT scan STAT and if anyone is remotely ill… STAT! Turns out, things don’t actually need to be
stat and when things are stat, it’s a really big emergency and then people move super quickly. Like things get done so fast when someone
is bleeding to death, or can’t breath, that’s when you see things move. But otherwise, you are actually juggling a
ton of people, so everything actually isn’t STAT. So when a flat line happens and you see, beeeeeep,
and then obviously they grab the paddles and “boom” they bring someone back to life. That’s actually completely false. So when you see that flat line, there’s actually
nothing you can do but do CPR, that’s the only thing… you actually can’t shock that
rhythm and it turns out, as I learned shocking is actually stopping a person’s heart
and then allowing the heart to restart itself. So this idea of shocking someone back to life,
we’re actually stopping their heart. CPR in TV shows and movies, looks pretty easy. One person going at it, basically just doing this. No problem. In reality, I am sweating when I’m the person
doing CPR, like you actually will be drenching through cloths, it’s hard work! People line up, so you have nurses, med students,
residents, all of us lining up and every two minutes, “bam” someone switches. And it’s hard, arms are locked, you are using
your whole body… so it’s definitely not what they show in movies. Well in Grey’s Anatomy they have bunk beds
in their call rooms. I actually thought that’s what I was going
to find when I went to a hospital. Turns out, that’s not true and thank goodness
because if everyone’s pagers, beepers and people were talking on the phone, like that would
be terrible… and a little big awkward. Doctor’s wear white coats, right? Ok I can see why I was mistaken there because
a lot of doctors do, but actually there are a lot of doctors who don’t and I would say
in the hospital I work at, probably most doctors don’t. In fact, most of the cities I have been to
most don’t. And there are some different reasons, some
people say it’s so it’s not as patriarchal and I’m higher than you, i’m wearing a white
coat. and others say that, you know, they wonder how often do doctors actually wash
that white coat and maybe it’s not actually as clean to be wearing this white coat from
room to room each time. You finish seeing someone, you write a prescription
and you move onto the next person. There’s SO much paper work in medicine, seriously. Like you do something good, you have to document. You do something bad, you have to document. You’re totally confused and have no idea what’s
going on, you have to document. When you finish medical school, you graduate,
you’re a doctor, you’re a resident and you know all the basics and you can just go in,
you can operate, you can diagnose everyone, you’re good! Dr. House always says that patients always
lie, never trust what they say. I guess I have no idea if that’s true or not. Honestly it feels like people open up, but
maybe I’m being scammed this whole time. I don’t know, I like to think the best of
people. Luckily the important things about medicine
are actually what I expected, so you do get to make incredible connections with people
and hear their stories and be there at an incredibly difficult time in their life and
you get to see people grow over time. You get to learn, it’s so fulfilling, so those
important things are actually what I expected. Thanks for watching, don’t forget to like
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