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911: The Bronx

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by DocZ, May 29, 2008.

  1. DocZ

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    Nov 27, 2006
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    This is a new limited series on the Discovery channel which I starts tonight. Filmed in the ED at St. Barnabas in th BX. Below is the article from yesterday's Daily News.

    In '911: The Bronx,' reality TV gets tough

    Wednesday, May 28th 2008, 4:00 AM

    Gritty '911: The Bronx' takes Discovery Channel in a new direction.

    A man who survived a fall is stabilized in the ER on '911: The Bronx.'
    Real life washes up in the emergency room.

    For camera crews shooting Discovery Channel's "911: The Bronx" in the emergency room at St. Barnabas Hospital in the South Bronx, that real life includes gunshot wounds, a severe head injury to a man who jumped out of a window and a 12-year-old hit by a car and left with a mangled foot.

    "When human beings get into trouble, they really get into trouble," said Paul Gasek, the show's executive producer and the senior science editor at Discovery. "These people are right at death's door. This is the portal; the doctors are the gatekeepers."

    The show follows the staff of the emergency room as they grapple with a slew of patients. Some have been rushed to the hospital by ambulance, others simply walk in.

    The program was shot last summer at St. Barnabas, a teaching hospital that cooperated on the production. Laws limiting the release of patient information made the work a bit of a challenge. After segments were filmed, the producers had to get permission to use them. Some people didn't want their stories told.

    "We shot an enormous amount of footage," Gasek said. "But not all the stories panned out. Not all the people agreed to be on. We shot a number of stories that never made it to air, which we destroyed."

    Gasek admitted the show was a hard sell at the channel. There were questions about whether a gritty, sometimes gory, series fit in with the Discovery brand.

    "This is not a medical show," Gasek said. "It's a reality show set in a hospital. We have heroes. We have real-life scenarios."

    In the first episode, one patient is the man who fell four stories, landing on his head. Another is a guy who sliced his finger on a meat cutter. Another is a pregnant woman with a broken arm. One of the most dramatic stories, however, is about a kid hit by a car. He keeps asking the staff if he's going to die.

    As of now, there are no plans to produce more than the six episodes available. Discovery will air three back-to-back, hour-long episodes tomorrow.

    "There's a little bit of uncertainty about whether they'll [viewers] respond or not," Gasek said. "If they tune in, they'll have trouble turning away.

    "This is really just about being in the hallway, being in the room. This is what you'll see when there," he said. "It's visceral - I hope it's not too visceral. I'm hoping people will respond."
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  3. Greenbbs

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    Sep 21, 2007
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    I just hope it doesn't turn into another "Trauma: Life in the ER" show where all you see is the gore and guts, and none of the day to day reality of EM.
  4. igcgnerd

    igcgnerd Hawkeye
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    I'm watching it right now and it seems preety much the same but with even less filler than discovery health.
  5. Toohotinvegas33

    Toohotinvegas33 Currently Glasgow 3
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    Aug 17, 2006
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    I wish they wouldnt blur out the gore, Somebody had a really nice face lac that I wanted to see.:mad:
  6. tegs15

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    Are you talking about the guy that went for a walk on the sidewalk 4 stories below his work site? I really wanted to see the destruction too, especially after seeing the tiny midline bleed on CT. What a lucky bugger!

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