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BBC America has a new show: Bodies. If this show, about botched medical procedures resulting in death, doesn't scare the shit out of you, nothing will. It's like ER on evil steroids.


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Oct. 1st, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
I saw it when it was first shown over here, and it's very good, but disturbing. It does scare the shit out of you. It was written by a doctor, so he should know.
Oct. 1st, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
It stuck me that in the United States you would not see something like this because we want to believe people are fundamentally good and well-meaning and caring. Or perhaps I should say that most people are. And that in a hospital setting people actually get involved in the patients, take the time to find out what they can. And that is not realistic. I know from my own experience that even when I develop some kind of relationship with an individual doctor, my wishes are not carried out and that doctor's caring ends when he leaves my bedside.

That show really scared me. And disturbed me in a big way. I have had some experiences in hospitals, and so have my daughters, that were not great, but were not, thank heaven, life-threatening. And yet:

When I was in the hospital for an ulcer, caused by ibuprofen, I was given no suggestions about how to avoid developing another one other than "don't take ibuprofen". The fact that my migraine headaces were so bad that I was downing eight of those puppies in a morning was not even addressed. I even mentioned it to nurses and doctors - what do I do about the migraines? And they ignored me. They cared only that I was in for a stomach condition and they weren't going to go beyond that.

Also, I have an irregular heart beat. But when I was in the hospital there was no consideration or review of that. Later, when I was seeing another doctor, he assumed the hospital would have run an EKG or something - but they didn't. Nothing. Fortunately, the condition is asymptomatic, appears harmless, but they didn't even check.

When my daughter Mary landed in a hospital because of excessive vaginal bleeding - so bad they had to admit her - she got up to go to the bathroom and was so weak that she fell down and gashed her head. The hospital later charged her for the stitches. Then they let her go home when the bleeding had stopped, without finding out what caused it in the first place. That has actually happened to her more than once, the extreme bleeding, and the docs don't care to get into it. Just get her fixed for now and out the door.

So heaven knows I know it isn't the caring environment we'd like to believe.
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
It's just the same here. A long list of incompetencies. There are some in the health profession who care, but they are the exception, I think. When my husband was in hospital he told me that the nurses behave completely differently when visitors are there to how they behave when they aren't.

The problem with mistakes made by doctor's and nurses is that they aren't going to admit to anything because they don't want to face a law suit if they do, and quite frankly, who can blame them? The whole system, and the way people think has to change if we are to get a health service that is both fair and caring.

I noticed last night that the second series of Bodies has started. I've managed to miss the first three episodes. For some reason I thought it was just repeats.
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
Anonymous was me. Doh! I hadn't realized I wasn't logged on.
Oct. 1st, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh this sounds really interesting... Thanks!
Oct. 1st, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
It really is disturbing. I suspect I will continue to watch it even though in a way I don't want to!
Oct. 4th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
It's just started its second series, which surprised me as I thought it had run its course. It was relentless in its theme of crushing someone who did care and stood up because the medical profession is a closed society and you don't rat on your own. This series seems to be changing into some form of the bureaucracy screwing the doctors, which is too common a theme for our medical dramas.

The covering up of a colleagues incompetence is all too frequent in the medical profession, all in all its broken in its structure with junior doctors, registrars and consultants.
Oct. 4th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear it's going this way. It seems too brave to be able to last, though.
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