THESE are the BEST and BRIGHTEST minds in modern medicine???
Doctors around the nation have fallen for some “fake news” in the form of an obvious prank.
When I say obvious, I mean it was literally written in the story.
Yet they STILL got suckered – and that’s bad news for anyone who expects a doctor to be able to sort fact from fiction when it comes to REAL issues like disease and drugs.
The report that conned the doctors claimed that the childish “five-second rule” – where something dropped is safe to eat if you pick it up within five seconds – also applies to medical equipment.
This report said that if a dropped surgical instrument is picked up within five seconds, it can be safely used without increasing the risk of infection. If that five-second mark is crossed, “overwhelming sepsis” is practically guaranteed.
Researchers quoted in the story even called it a “game-changer.”
Sounds too bizarre to be true, right? OF COURSE it is.
Yet it was taken from a satire news site and reprinted on MedPageToday, a website used primarily by doctors, nurses, and others in the biz.
They fell for it.
While some spotted the joke right away, others were full of disbelief and confusion, and they posted as much in the comments section.
But here’s the thing: This wasn’t a test to see who could get suckered by some actual “fake news,” and it wasn’t an out-of-season April Fool’s Day prank.
It was OBVIOUSLY satire. It was obvious from the very FIRST LINE in the story, which explains that the article was reprinted from that satire site!
“Disclaimer: This post is from GomerBlog, a satirical site about healthcare.”
You’d think that would enough to clue doctors in.
OK, this is just a silly prank. But there’s a much more serious and far less funny way this could have an effect on your health (and maybe already has).
You TRUST your doctors to be able to sort out fact from fiction. You NEED them to be able to know what works… and what doesn’t.
And if a doc can’t figure out that a dumb joke study is a hoax, there’s a pretty good chance he also won’t question anything the mainstream health authorities throw at him.
When the FDA urges people to take statins… when the AHA announces lower blood pressure targets to put 11 million new patients onto drugs… and when the CDC warns that everyone needs a flu shot… they don’t do their own homework and make informed decisions.
They do what they’re told.
That means it’s up to you. YOU need to be proactive about your health, double-check your doctor’s work, and ask the questions that he won’t.
And that’s no joke.