Five Reasons Why “Seattle Grace” is Not a Real Hospital
When I mentioned to someone that I was interested in writing a blog post like this one they said to me that it didnt fit in with the style of my blog since its not really a tip or anything. Well I told them that Parenting blogs dont always need to be about tips and all and there could be posts really about anything. After all it is my blog and since I dont have an editorial team to comply to I could really write anything.
So now back to the point of this post. My wife and I have been watching Greyâ€™s Anatomy for several years now. We started watching it back in 2008 and really liked it. Well after about 6 years of watching this show we sort of got really tired of it. I know that many of you out there are big fans of the show and I am sorry if I offended you but its going on for far too long.
I worked in a hospital as a tech guy for five years from 2000 – 2005 and I became very familiar with the inner workings of the place. Since I have started watching Greyâ€™s Anatomy, I have always felt that a real hospital doesnt work at all like Seattle Grace. Besides the fact that this is indeed a show and of course its a fictional hospital there are other reasons as to why its nothing at all like a real hospital simply because many components are unrealistic.
I am sure there are more reasons than what I have listed here but for now these are my main reasons.
- Doctors do not just marry other doctors. This is so common in Seattle Grace that its sickening. In a real hospital doctors come in, do their job and have a life outside the hospital. They may spend endless hours there but most doctors have a social life outside the hospital.
- The Chief of Surgery, Dr Owen Hunt, is not the CEO or the CFO of the hospital and therefore does not make budgeting calls as seen in Season 9, episode 7 (switching airlines used for medical transport in order to cut costs).
- The Chief of Surgery is not the Director of Emergency Medicine. These are completely two different positions. Not only that, the Chief of Surgery will almost never walk into the Emergency Room. Certainly not in a big hospital like Seattle Grace.
- Most Doctors do not have six packs and perfectly toned figures. With the amount of time they spend in a hospital there is simply no time for a doctor to spend hours in the gym everyday or week to maintain that slim figure.
- Unless a patient goes into cardiac arrest (Code Blue) or there is a violent patient or visitor (Code White) hospitals are mostly a boring place. You will most probably never have a gunman walking around killing staff and patients, a bomb exploding in the hallway, a plane crash, a bus flipping over and exploding, and on and on. If you do experience these episodes then most probably you are in a field hospital in Afghanistan and not in a metropolitan hospital in the US. There are exceptions as in this flash waltz seen here:
I would also add for extra measure that patient floors are not a dark and deserted environment at nights as often portrayed in TV and movies. The nursing stations are usually well staffed at night time and the floors have adequate lighting. In most real hospitals, you cant just take an elevator up to a patient floor in the middle of the night and walk where you want. You will most probably be stopped and questioned either by security or by a nurse.
Well there you have it. My five reasons why Seattle Grace is not a real hospital. Feel free to chime in below with your own reasons.
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