The experiences of ER physicians and other personnel at hospitals around the U.S. are chronicled in this gritty, Emmy-winning documentary series. Among the locales: Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Detroit, Oklahoma City, Orlando and Portland, Ore.
The staff of the University of Oklahoma Medical Center deals with issues of brain death, life support and organ donation when a high-school football player sustains massive brain injuries in a car crash. Also: a boy is hit by a car.
Medical emergencies at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh include a man whose heart stopped after an automobile accident; a woman whose ATV flipped over and crushed her; and a man who overdosed on drugs.
Cases at the pediatric ER at University Medical Center in Las Vegas include a girl suffering from a severe asthma attack; an infant who is treated for respiratory sensorial virus; and a toddler who ingested an unknown quantity of pills.
Cases at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland include an elderly man with lung damage from smoking; a patient experiencing numbness; a toddler with a massive eye infection; and a mother and child who were hit by a car.
Cases at the Detroit Receiving Hospital include vehicle-accident victims; people involved in a fight; a woman with a history of heart problems suffering chest pains; and an intoxicated man who breaks his leg in a casino.
Medical emergencies at the University of Oklahoma's Trauma Center include a woman who fell off a horse and is unresponsive; a woman whose wrist snapped; and several motorcycle and car-accident victims.
Medical emergencies at the Orlando Regional Medical Center include a man who punched his fist through a plate-glass window, severing arteries; four victims of a drunk driver; a man burned in a mattress fire. Also: an infant with sickle-cell anemia and a high fever.
Procedures at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center involve treatment of a man who cut his forehead open; a man coughing up blood; the victim of a car crash who suffered a seizure; and a gunshot patient. Also: a dislocated shoulder.
Medical emergencies at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore., include a man whose stomach contents are suctioned out because of a gunshot wound to the stomach and an elderly woman paralyzed by a blood clot. Also: a man has a seizure.
At the Orlando Regional Medical Center, cases include a man who fell from a tree, skewering himself on a branch; two children who were injured in an automobile accident, one of whom is suffering from internal bleeding.