NBC has a new drama starting Monday, September 28th at 9/8c. To see a preview go to www.nbc.com/trauma. It looks like it might be a good show. So check it out.

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I don't think I would be able to watch it without tearing it apart and constantly saying, "that's not how it really is". I'll probably give it a try though.
I watched a scene being filmed in San Francisco a couple of months ago... the scene on 101 with the City in the background. They filmed on a Sunday and shut the highway down. My question is this: why would any hard-working medic go home and watch this show after coming off a 12-hour shift??? I think I'd prefer an hour in the hot tub with Coltrane. The 5-minute preview is here:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/97140/trauma-trauma-preview-sneak-peek

I already don't like Cliff Curtis's character "Rabbit". Too Para-God for me. I'm gonna jump to conclusions and say that this show probably isn't going to shine our profession in a good light. I'll probably watch the initial episode, though, and judge it afterward. Hulu will have it on the 29th, so you can view it online anytime after that.

-Tom
Oh BOY I think I'm dizzy. Asystole and there giving amiodarone and Lido. Shocking asytstole. No wonder the last code I did the family yelled at me that I wasnt shocking there mother.
I wonder if Dr's cringe everytime a new ER show comes on?
See? See what I mean?

That scene is exactly what I don't like about this show. The "Rabbit" character portrays Medics as arrogant and individualistic. Rabbit is sorta like the "House" of EMS.

EMS is a team effort. Team. We work with each other, police..fire..air medics... as a unit. And this series seems to show the Paramedic "Rabbit" as some sort of hot-shot cowboy.

But whatever. San Francisco got a dumptruck full of $$$ from NBC to film the series there. Hopefully, some of that movie money will go to the SF EMS Agency. They could use a lil cash to decorate their new offices at Market & Van Ness (why are the walls so BLAND there?? and off-white??? sheesh. I got depressed after 5 minutes in there!) Or god forbid some of that movie money go to the EMTs who WORK THE STREET!! I'm just saying, a Subway gift card wouldn't be out-of-line. . . .

Anywho, this scene that Nathan posted also reminds us that air ambulances crash quite often. So much so that a HEMS (Helicopter EMS) risk profile was released by the Flight Safety Foundation last April. If you haven't read it yet, I'll attach it to this discussin. It is a bit disturbing. The USA Today news article (dated 4/21/2009) is here:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-04-20-chopper_N.htm

So my point is, the last thing HEMS or EMS in general is an image of a cowboy medic flying around in helicopters (is this guy FLYING the copter too?!?!? It looks like he is the pilot when it lands on the roof....) telling the woman to take a back-seat. It is unprofessional and demeaning to the EMS community.

But i'm sure it makes for good t.v. ...

-Tom
whoops ... forgot to attach the HEMS risk profile report. It is available here:

http://www.flightsafety.org/pdf/HEMS_Industry_Risk_Profile.pdf

and I'll attach it.


Here is the Cliff's Notes version:

On April 20, 2009, Flight Safety Foundation released a groundbreaking assessment that provides a comprehensive look at the risks facing the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry. The Industry Risk Profile (IRP), developed by Aerosafe Risk Management, also provides a roadmap outlining proactive steps that the industry and regulators can follow in order to mitigate these risks.

The report released by the Flight Safety Foundation, a research group, identifies eight "very high" risks within the industry and 18 factors it labels "high" risks.

Unlike the airline industry, which is a highly regulated business, air-ambulance companies are overseen by a patchwork of state and federal agencies that overlap or leave some areas untended, the report says.


Gee.... does that sound like EMS to you?!?!?

-Tom
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Oh Nathan.

You just like Hulu because now you can sit in the rig and watch TV on your laptop. In MY day, the only thing we had to do was listen to the RADIO! And in SKIP's day :) the only thing they had to listen to was AM RADIO!!!!

But i'm probably just jealous.

Of course, some ambulances in my home state have taken it to the next level:

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2009/05/23/news/doc4a17d183...

Of course that's so the Medic's can watch Trauma while they are on-duty.

Still, I'm a bit tweaked how Trauma represents the profession. But I'll probably watch it anyway.

-Tom


Nathan said:
Hulu,, best site ever!
I predict this show will jump the shark the very first episode and will not be back for a second season.
Hell I absolutely LOVED the trailer that was linked here a few months ago. Just priceless. I went home after seeing it at work and told my girlfriend to watch it so she'd know what I do every day. We both got a good laugh.

I remember one seen from that trailer with that "rabbit" fella. Tells the pediatric pt.'s mother "hold pressure on this hole". Mom says, "what hole". Rabbit says, "the hole I'm about to make in your son's throat" STFU, seriously, STFU.

If you're gonna buy that crap, I've got a pilot show I'd like to pitch to you. It's about my volunteer fire department. We run an average of 80 calls a day, mostly structure fires with chemical plant explosions and tanker accidents. Plus we are all ripped and really don't need SCBA's, they crimp our style. A show like this could really show the world what us vollies are all about.
Making up for lost time now with my broadband MCT plugged in to the vehicle sound system - watch and listen to darn near anything......

CRASH! Oops!

Fortunately, not too much streetcorner posting in my past.....

Thomas Durkee said:
Oh Nathan.

You just like Hulu because now you can sit in the rig and watch TV on your laptop. In MY day, the only thing we had to do was listen to the RADIO! And in SKIP's day :) the only thing they had to listen to was AM RADIO!!!!

But i'm probably just jealous.

Of course, some ambulances in my home state have taken it to the next level:

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2009/05/23/news/doc4a17d183...

Of course that's so the Medic's can watch Trauma while they are on-duty.

Still, I'm a bit tweaked how Trauma represents the profession. But I'll probably watch it anyway.

-Tom


Nathan said:
Hulu,, best site ever!
I'm sure Skip and Duncan remember pushing Sodium Bicarb as a first line arrest drug......I remember the good ol days of the 2 man stretchers. I loved those things and gas powered engines.

Anyway back to our post......I just hope they had real medics as set advisors because if I hear another freaked out family member scream " Why arent you shocking MY mother " I going to put the pads on either side of their head and push shock.
I saw the clip awhile ago but now everyone in the US has an embargo the rest of the world watching it online.

Like we'd wanna copy it............
TheCannulator said:
I saw the clip awhile ago but now everyone in the US has an embargo the rest of the world watching it online.

Like we'd wanna copy it............
Oh, come on, you wouldn't want to watch as every episode, your dashing ambulance crews rescue someone from whatever toxic thing bit them? :) Australia seems to have enough poisonous creatures that you could get 2 or 3 seasons just on different insect/snake/fish/whatever bites alone.... Think too of the awesome scuba-rescue scenes you could have with the Great Barrier Reef--talk about making HEMS look dramatic. Then you could have special guest star Russell Crowe, playing an Australian for the first time ever! ;)

I know, lots of stereotypes in that paragraph. You're probably amazed that none of the cast of our show are overweight....

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