Anthony Petrillo

New this month Trivia: In the beginning scene where the crew responds to a cardiac arrest, they defibrillate (shock) the patient three times in under fifteen seconds. When the monitor appears on the screen his rhythm appears to be asystole, which the current (2015) guidelines state should not be shocked. The 2015 AHA guidelines also call for two minutes of compressions between shocks. One might think the writers made a mistake; however, the recommendation not to shock asystole only appeared as recently as 1992. The medics in Bringing Out the Dead would have learned to give three shocks in rapid succession and likely would have shocked asystole as a precaution because it can be hard to distinguish from fine ventricular fibrillation. The film is actually medically accurate considering it is set in the early 90s. (00:04:35)

Anthony Petrillo

22nd Jan 2015

Grey's Anatomy (2005)

Drowning on Dry Land - S3-E16

Factual error: Derek performs CPR on Meredith in the back of the ambulance, but he does so incorrectly. He gives one breath and five compressions instead of two and thirty. Also, drowning victims need oxygen, and Derek should have used a BVM to ventilate Meredith, not mouth to mouth. Any doctor would have known how to provide proper treatment.

Anthony Petrillo

7th May 2014

The Mentalist (2008)

Show generally

Factual error: Any time FBI agents enter Mexico, they are always armed. Mexican law prohibits U.S. Agents from bringing weapons into Mexico.

Anthony Petrillo

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