REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Graveyard Shift” (2×11)

REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Graveyard Shift” (2×11)

Have you moved on from the last week’s episode of Chicago Med? If the previous week made you emotional with its dramatic scenes, this new episode entitled “Graveyard Shift” will make you say “Wow!” as it starts off with Dr. Choi trying to rescue a patient but he fails to revive him. On the other hand, Dr. Halstead is pulling another shift because his malpractice premiums are already due. Meanwhile, Dr. Latham is watching a video that Dr. Charles gave. This will help him confirm if Dr. Latham’s self-diagnosis of Asperger’s is correct. A mystery patient comes in to undergo a heart surgery. Will Dr. Rhodes accept the request to perform the surgery on this patient? I bet you’ll be surprised once you find out who this mystery patient is. Nurse April is taking the graveyard shift which Tate disagrees with because he’s concerned about her health. On the other hand, Dr. Reese is called to pronounce a patient’s death. Let’s see how she handles this task since it’s her first time doing it.

Characters To Watch For:

  • Su Lin, the mystery patient of Dr. Rhodes. Sue needs a heart surgery for her atrial septal defect (ASD). Let’s see how Dr. Rhodes handles this kind of patient.
Real Or Not Rating: ★★★★  (1 Being the Worst, 5 Being the Best.) 

REAL– How the real world works:

    1. Stress can lead to delirium. When Ms. Novak becomes delirious, Dr. Charles says that two out of three patients end up developing delirium because of stress from the ED’s environment (bright lights, the endless beeping, constant prodding and poking). He’s right because in reality, delirium occurs in 30% of those in emergency departments.
    2. There are less than 2,000 pandas left in the world. When a panda is admitted to hospital because of a heart defect, Sharon Goodwin wants Dr. Rhodes to perform a heart surgery on the animal. Pandas are an endangered species because there are less than 2,000 left in the world. Zoos rent pandas from the Chinese government for about a million dollars a year.
    3. A doctor can do surgery on an animal. When Dr. Rhodes is asked to perform a heart surgery on a panda, he hesitates since he is not a veterinarian. Even though Dr. Rhodes doesn’t have any experience in treating animals, the surgery is successful. In reality, only qualified and registered vets are allowed to carry out surgeries on animals– only in very carefully defined circumstances can non-vets treat animals. For example, doctors may carry out treatment at the request of a registered vet. In this episode, the heart surgery is approved by Dr. Evans, the chief veterinarian, by Mr. Woodfield, the director of the Chicago Zoo, and by Mr. Hsieh from Chinese Embassy. Dr. Rhodes is also working with a vet in the operating room so it’s an acceptable situation.
    4. A doctor should declare a patient’s death. When a patient dies, Dr. Reese comes to pronounce the death even though it’s her first time doing it. A nurse is right that this task requires a doctor. She also teaches Dr. Reese on how to declare it. In real life, a doctor needs to declare a patient’s death. The first step is to examine the person by checking his/her responsiveness (e.g check if the pupils respond to light, check heart sounds and breath sounds also), which is performed correctly by Dr. Reese in this episode.

FAKE– Cringe worthy scenes that would never happen:

  1. Nothing’s wrong with “Graveyard Shift”.

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