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Hollywood Calling Medical Experts!

by Suzanne Daniluk, RN on December 17th, 2014
James Bond could have learned that painting someone gold is not really fatal.

James Bond could have learned that painting someone gold is not really fatal.

Did you ever wonder where TV shows get their medical information? One source is Beverly Hills-based Hollywood, Health, and Society, an affiliate of the University of Southern California. Funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and free of charge to callers, the program serves as a reference center for TV producers and writers who wish to provide shows with medically-accurate storylines.

The company’s staff consults with medical experts around the country to obtain the right information. Some experts will even go where the writers are, taking them on field trips such as to the county morgue, to enhance the reality of their scripts. While drama may be a priority, putting out accurate medical storylines can be a public health service without anyone ever knowing it, said Hollywood, Health, and Society board member/ED physician and producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Zoanne Clack.

Now if they would only call us – we’d let them know nurses do a lot more than pass pills, shuffle papers, and gossip at the nurses’ station, as Hollywood often portrays!

To read more:
http://hollywoodhealthandsociety.org/
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831934
http://www.truthaboutnursing.org
(advocating accurate images of nursing in the media)

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