Ambulance: Code Red, the new documentary on paramedics

Yesterday the first episode of the new documentary on paramedics “Ambulance: Code Red” went on air on Channel 5. The EMS protagonist is the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Critical care paramedic Tom Waters speaks about his experience like a paramedic on the ambulance, but also about his experience on stage. Indeed, he starred in this new documentary series on paramedics and ambulance life.

Paramedics documentary: the real experience of Tom 

In 2015, Tom already let them speak about him because of his heroic operation in rescuing and treating the 18-year-old Leah Washington and 20-year-old Vicky Cooper during the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash. With Dr Dave Cooper, climbed 40ft to treat Leah and Vicky, who both had to have part of their legs amputated following the horrific accident. Then they were given a national award for their efforts.


Ambulance: Code Red, a new documentary on paramedics

In this new series, Tom will appear along the entire with specially trained paramedics battling at the roadside to save a 13-year-old boy left with suspected brain injuries following a road accident. Time is ticking for the patients and the critical care paramedics will have to use their diagnostic and life-saving skills to prioritise treatment so he can make it to the hospital and be treated.

Without giving further spoilers, the chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, Anthony Marsh reported to Express and Star that “the programme gives a real insight into the support that critical-care paramedics and doctors provided by the air ambulance charity can give to its own ambulance crews who are dealing with some of the most complex patients. It demonstrates how they work with the crews on scene to use their enhanced skills to benefit patients. Without the work of the staff on scene, the teams wouldn’t be able to use those skills, so it really is all about working together. The teams provide critical care at the scene that saves lives, brains and limbs, including pre-hospital surgery and pre-hospital anaesthesia.”

The very interesting part of this new series is that it is a real documentary, that is to say, that the pre-hospital doctors and critical care paramedics on-board the helicopters and critical care cars bring real specialist skills, advanced medicines and procedures to an incident scene and work together with colleagues in the ambulance service to give the patients the very best chance of recovery and survival.



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