Posted on: Thu, 01/21/1999 - 11:41pm
SueQ's picture
Joined: 01/22/1999 - 09:00

Did anyone else see "ER" last night? They had a patient brought in by ambulance and the medic said something like "She's possibly in severe anaphylaxis, we found a medic alert tag that said she's allergic to peanuts". Boy did I sit up to see how this would play out on the show! Unfortunately, this ended up being just a quick part where they didn't even mention anything else about anaphylaxis or peanut allergies, just had jokes about how obese the patient was. Pretty disappointing. But at least the words "anaphylaxis" and "peanut allergy" were put out there for the general public to hear and were shown to be severe - the patient was wheeled in unconscious. That's possitive!


Posted on: Fri, 01/22/1999 - 10:44am
Nicole's picture
Joined: 01/21/1999 - 09:00

<p>Hi Sue ~</p>
<p>Yes I saw it and it startled me and got my attention too! I was dissappointed when there was very little mention of peanut. This was our BIG opportunity and I'm afraid most must have missed it since it was so early on in the show and might have been distracted by the obsesity issue.</p>

Posted on: Tue, 02/09/1999 - 1:55am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

<p>I was disappointed in how they portrayed it, too. Also with the shellfish allergic obese woman in "Dr. Doolittle". Even further back, I was upset when the theater audience laughed when Robin Williams put pepper in the dinner of Pierce Brosnan's (?) pepper allergic character in "Mrs. Doubtfire" But it's my perception that ER (out of all three) is more accountable to accurate portrayals - I've considered writing but haven't yet.</p>

Posted on: Tue, 02/09/1999 - 3:21pm
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Joined: 01/31/1999 - 09:00

<p>A while back there was an episode of 'Diagnosis Murder' where a character had peanut allergy and was wearing a medic alert braclet with a diamond on it. The character said something to the effect- it was to get people's attention incase he stopped breathing, he wanted them to know why and a diamond was the best way to get people's attention.<br />
Oddly, the character was a caterer- high risk career if you ask me!</p>

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 3:55am
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Donna:
Oddly, the character was a caterer- high risk career if you ask me![/b]
[i]But what an opportunity to make a difference. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/i]

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 4:01am
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Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Last week ER had another anaphylaxis case, I believe it was due to a drug allergy, and the patient died. The first thing my dh did was look at me and say "should you be watching this??".
It really scares me when I realize that even in an ER they sometimes cant save you from it. (Yes , I realize this is only a TV show, but we know it can happen.)

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 4:35am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

They also OD'd one of the new residents on epinephrine. He actually survivied. He has asthma and was having a terrible attack while trying to work after the big helicopter crash/explosion. They drew up some epi and gave him too much. Put him into an arrhythmia it looked like, so thet defibrillated him and he was fine in a bit.

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 9:45am
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

I saw it to,I think it was Pinicillin(sp)?
I feel any (GOOD) awarness is a step in the right direction.
Love this site

Posted on: Fri, 12/12/2003 - 2:10pm
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SueQ., I've traded off ER for Without a Trace now on Thursday nights so I've missed all this season of it and despite commercials showing Dr. Carter coming back from some other country, I wasn't enticed to watch the show.
However, even though it wasn't dealt with well, from what I've read, I guess it's good that it got a mention regardless. As I post extensively under Media every time I see a show, within the last year especially, I have seen a HUGE increase in the number of shows (usually crime dramas or sitcoms) that are mentioning PA specifically or at least anaphylaxis.
With the crime dramas, I find it disheartening because someone is usually murdered, with their allergen being introduced into their system somehow and just recently there was a suicide as well.
I'll never forget the first show where I saw it - Nash Bridges. I remember how I just really focused on what happened and how they handled it and you know what? That hasn't stopped and that has to be from at least three years ago.
As people always post when I post about the shows under Media, any attention can be seen as "good" attention. I often feel uncomfortable with it, but at least food allergies are being talked about (even if sometimes incorrectly even by the food allergic parents in the shows - see The District - allergic to peanut butter) and anaphylaxis is being mentioned.
So, one ER this season I'm sorry I missed. But I do love Without a Trace.
And yes, ER would have been *the* show with the opportunity to portray the allergy seriously.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 12/12/2003 - 11:44pm
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

The most recent anaphylaxis reference on ER was a death due to a reaction to contrast dye.
And BTW Cindy, you didn't miss a thing on ER this week. Awful episode, IMHO. Carter bores me to tears. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 12/13/2003 - 12:30am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I also watch Without a Trace on Thursdays at 10 pm. Great show. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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