11 Common Movie Tropes That Would Actually Ruin Your Life

10. Remove Foreign Objects From Wounds At All Costs

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"Quick, we need to get the bullet out!"

It's certainly a high-drama device, as our hero (or more likely our hero's plucky sidekick) bites down on a bit of leather as somebody goes rifling around in their abdomen with their filthy fingers.

Once an object is embedded in you, that's probably the worse it's going to get, and it's now more likely to be acting as a handy plug to prevent your insides becoming outsides.

Preventing infection should not be higher up on your list of priorities than preventing the person bleeding out as infection can be treated at a later date with antibiotics (whereas bleeding to death can not), and a bullet will actually be sterile when it enters the body due to the heat generated when firing.

Eventually, that giant impaling tree branch is going to have to come out at some point, but it's the kind of procedure that would be better performed by a real doctor in a sterlie operating room, rather than your nailbitten paws.


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