- November 25th 2011
About half the time, the doctors and nurses on popular fictional TV medical shows give improper seizure first aid that, in reality, could lead to broken teeth, bruises or dislocations, according to a study to be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting.
Epileptologists noticed a trend of "people doing very inappropriate things on television and seeing some of the same sorts of things happening to our patients in real life," said Dr. Jeremy Moeller, who co-authored the study. "It's impossible to definitively prove the connection, but one of the potential sources of misinformation is TV."
For example, bystanders should not try to hold down someone experiencing a generalized tonic-clonic, or grand mal, seizure, nor attempt to force open the patient's mouth, said Dr. Moeller, a postdoctoral clinical fellow at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in the Columbia University Medical Center Dept. of Neurology in New York.
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