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Five medical myths we learned from the movies (1/19)
  1. CPR WORKS 99% OF THE TIME. That's the way they make it look, but actually, it's more like 2 to 4% of the time. And it's not pretty either. If CPR is done correctly, the patient usually ends up with a cracked rib cage.

  2. DEFIBRILLATORS CAN RESTART YOUR HEART. They're those little metal paddles you always see TV doctors using to shock their patients back to life. But in reality, that's not how they work at all. A defibrillator actually STOPS your heart. But just for a second. If you go into cardiac arrest, shocking your heart can help it regain its normal rhythm. But if you're already flat-lining, shocking it won't do you any good.

  3. GUNSHOTS TO THE LEGS AND ARMS AREN'T A BIG DEAL. Doctors studied 58 patients who had gunshot wounds to the shoulder and found that four months after the initial injuries, HALF had lost some or all mobility in their arm. Plus, 51 of the 58 had pain caused by vascular damage. And a gunshot to your leg isn't any better. In fact, it's pretty hard to NOT hit an artery. If you HAVE to take a bullet, the best place to do it is . . . you guessed it . . . your backside.

  4. THE TOURNIQUET. In the movies, whenever someone has a bad cut on their arm, the first thing they do is tear off a piece of someone's shirt and tie it on above the wound to keep it from bleeding. But cutting off the circulation to an entire limb can kill the tissue. And sometimes it results in an amputation. The best thing to do is to apply pressure directly to the wound with a piece of cloth or gauze.

  5. BULLETS NEED TO BE TAKEN OUT. Whenever someone on TV gets shot, they try to get the bullet out as quickly as possible. But a bullet gets so hot when it's fired that it becomes completely STERILE. And removing it can do more harm than good. Some scholars think that both Presidents Garfield and McKinley would have survived their assassinations if the doctors HADN'T tried to remove the bullets. Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest by a would-be assassin in 1912. But he refused to have the bullet removed, and it might have saved his life.

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