REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Extreme Measures” (2×5)

REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Extreme Measures” (2×5)

If you’re unsatisfied with Chicago Med's “Brother’s keeper” last week, here’s a more intense episode entitled, “Extreme Measures.” Chicago Med never fails us to give exciting and heart stopping scenes as it starts off with an accident at Chicago marathon.

Nurse April and her brother Noah attend to the victim named Ignacio who is extremely injured. Dr. Halstead and Dr. Shore arrive to help them but paramedics are still not coming because of the marathon’s traffic and power outages from the heat wave. As they try to revive him, there’s a little chance of saving him due to lack of resources in the field. With the help of Dr.Rhodes, let’s see if Ignacio can make it.

On the other hand, Sharon Goodwin is consulting a divorce attorney about legal separation. A girl named Phoebe who suffers hearing loss is brought to the ED. You’ll see what kind of extreme measures are done to know the real condition of this girl. Meanwhile, Olga Barlow is rushed to hospital due to a noncompliance with her medication. Something mysterious about her that captures the attention of Dr. Choi and Dr. Charles.

Characters To Watch For:

  • Betty Buckley as Olga Barlow is Chicago Med’s guest of this episode. She is an elderly patient who is noncompliant of her medications and undernourished because of desire to keep up appearances.

Real Or Not Rating: ★★★★  (1 Being the Worst, 5 Being the Best.) 

REAL– How the real world works:

  1.  Performing an invasive procedure without a doctor’s permission or supervision is a no-no. When Noah, a medical student, insists to do a chest tube insertion on a dying patient because no doctors and paramedics are there to help, Nurse April says the right thing here. Nurse April explains that being a medical student who doesn’t have any experience doing that procedure, he’s definitely not allowed to insert a chest tube. Dr. Halstead also told him that he should’ve waited for him. In reality, whatever it takes sometimes, you need to take an extreme measure just to save a dying patient.

  2. Portable bypass machine is the best option when transport of the patient is impossible. When Dr. Halstead and his team is reviving Ignacio’s life, he decides to use portable bypass machine because paramedics still haven’t arrived. In real life, it is used for heart-lung support to treat and transport patients, needing extended respiratory and circulatory support.

  3. The body gets overwhelmed when an increased dose of medication is given to patient who hasn’t taken it in awhile. Olga Barlow is found to be noncompliant with her medication Hydromorphone. In her case, she suffers from an overdose when Dr. Choi increases its dosage. 

  4. Having osteoporosis makes your bones abnormally dense and prone to fractures. Phoebe has this genetic condition and it’s true when Dr. Manning says that Phoebe’s CT scan reveals fractures of her head, which can be misinterpreted as child abuse.

FAKE– Cringe worthy scenes that would never happen:

  1. Nothing’s wrong with the episode.

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