REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Inheritance” (1X15)

REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Inheritance” (1X15)

If you enjoyed Chicago Med’s previous episode because of its intense actions in ED, this time you’ll be surprised because this new episode, “Inheritance” is full of shocking scenes. It starts off with April and her boyfriend join a party. April’s brother, Noah, is also there to meet some football players. You’ll see why he is at the party and how this may affect his relationship with his sister. Meanwhile, a girl named Ellie arrives in the ED who complains of severe abdominal pain. Her tough relationship with her father will lead doctors to her true diagnosis. On the other hand, Dr. Halstead meets the Tucker brothers who he’s known since high school. Lastly, a pregnant woman named Neela Desai is brought to the hospital due to placental abruption.


  • Dr. Perrington, an attending physician and a Certified Critical Care Specialist. You’ll see how Dr. Halstead embarrassing decision in the operating room unfolds.

REAL OR NOT RATING: ★★★  (1 Being the Worst, 5 Being the Best.) 

REAL: How the real world works:

  1. Administering blood thinners is too risky. Mr. Tucker is diagnosed as having deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It happens when there is blood clots in the deep veins in the body and blood thinner is one of the treatments for that. Unfortunately, he experienced trauma in his head back in high school. In this case, Dr. Halstead is right when he says that blood thinners like enoxaparin can cause hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain) and can lead to death if not administered carefully. Since Mr. Tucker had multiple head trauma, a blood thinner is too risky to give because if you have a head injury and you’re taking this medication, you will experience heavy bleeding in your brain.
  2. Taking a thorough history is really important. Dr. Manning, Dr. Rhodes, and Dr. Charles have a hard time figuring out the real diagnosis of Ellie who has a severe abdominal pain. After performing an endoscopy to see what’s wrong with her digestive tract, they get nothing. Therefore, Dr. Charles talks to her father about their family history of illness. Because of this, they found out that Ellie and her father have this genetic disorder called acute intermittent porphyria. This is real because health professionals need to take a detailed history of illness of a patient in order to get to correct diagnosis.
  3. Emergency delivery of a premature baby. Neela Desai arrives in the ED due to abruption placentae – premature separation of placenta from the uterus. In this case, an emergency delivery of the baby is necessary to prevent fetal distress and to save both the mother and baby. Therefore, Chicago Med staff is right when they insist that Neela’s baby should be delivered as soon as possible.

FAKE: Cringe worthy scenes that would never happen:

  1. It takes few seconds for a medication to work. Fentanyl is a drug of choice to calm down Ellie when she’s having delusions. In reality, the onset of action of this drug is about seven to eight minutes. When Dr. Manning injects fentanyl into Ellie, it just takes 2-3 seconds for her to calm down. Therefore, this scene is fake but it’s understandable anyway because it’s impossible for them to wait for that period of time if they’re just airing the episode for less than an hour and they have a lot of scenes to present to the viewers.

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