Overused tropes in hospital dramas


This survey from goo Ranking took a look at what things often happen in hospital dramas.

I’m not sure how well the word “tropes” is known; Google tells me it is “a significant or recurrent theme; a motif”, but I am most familiar with it through the web site TV Tropes, a site that takes an often humorous look (and a too-often over-obsessive look) at themes that pop up in popular media; here is their take on number 1, Miracles Occur, or as they entitle it Unexplained Recovery.

No hospital pictures to hand, so instead here’s blood-typed towels

Blood type towel
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Computers in Japanese hospitals

Here’s an interesting topic for tonight’s survey, a look by JR Tokai Express Research Inc, reported on by japan.internet.com, into the matter of IT in medical establishments.


On the 13th of May 2008 330 members of the JR Tokai Express Research online monitor group who were employed in a medical-related field completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 67.3% of the sample were male, 7.9% were in their twenties, 32.7% in their thirties, 44.2% in their forties, 13.6% in their fifties, and 1.5% in their sixties.

Many small clinics these days seem to be running online booking services, so you can make your appointment at the start of the day, and keep a watch on the length of the queue and head for the surgery at a suitable time to minimise your wait.

On the other hand, at big hospitals there is almost always one counter to hand over your consultation form to, which then disappears into a back office for an indeterminate amount of time, then you get called to pay at a different desk. Even big, heavily-computerised hospitals don’t seem to have a fully electronic payment system, and it would seem that there is no practical reason why they couldn’t make the whole system electronic so I could have my bill ready and waiting for payment as soon as I leave the doctor’s office.
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