September 26, 2011, 9:59 pm

24 Hours in the ER on BBC America

You know me.

I’m all over anything that is from the BBC.

But this is different.

There is no TARDIS. And there are nurses along with the doctor. Lots of nurses.

And the only people flying through time and space are the trauma patients before they hit the bus or the ground.

24 Hours in the ER premiers tonight on BBC America. I received a copy of the first two episodes from BBC America unedited for American television. Of course in Great Britian, this was called “24 Hours in A&E”.

On a personal level, I like it. It reminds me of the old “Trauma in the ER”.

On a professional level, it’s like being at work. Even the equipment is the same.

How is the nursing staff portrayed? It will be hard to say without seeing the U.S edit on Tuesday night, but in the first two episodes there are nurse practitioners anesthetizing lacerations, nurses working on trauma teams, taking the lead in Code Blues, advising physicians that their head injured patients aren’t retaining one word of the information they are painstakingly imparting (“Come back tomorrow!”) and doing post-mortem care (don’t see that on TV very often).

It’s realistic without being gory, touching without being sappy, and the nurses are there to save your ass and manage to treat you like a human being in the process.

And if every A&E in England is that freaking polite, I’m pulling up stakes and moving across the pond.

The link I’ve given above is to the “Meet the Staff” page. Take a look at it. I’d work with any one of them in a split second.

I’m hoping to score an interview with Nurse Jen.

They say the producers watched American television to see what our medical shows were like and that they saw we wanted character driven shows.

This is a character driven show, but this time the characters are real. Nurses. Doctors. Porters. Patients. ER techs.You. Me. Our next patient.

I laughed, got my adrenaline up for the trauma codes. And I cried.

But I cry at Doctor Who, so go figure….

I definitely recommend it.

Let me know what you think.


  • Lucien de Beer
    Lucien de Beer

    September 27, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Laughed at your comment about politeness…its all true!!
    I work as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner with admitting rights to hospital and prescribe most drugs.
    I still though don’t do as many “tasks” as I did in Johannesburg where I trained and worked and where RN’s in the Trauma Unit routinely inserted chest drains etc etc

  • Halie (Scrubs editor)
    Halie (Scrubs editor)

    September 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Oooh! Very exciting. I feel like I have never heard such a ringing endorsement for a nurse themed show! Setting my DVR now!

  • Leo

    October 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I live in London and watch the programme regularly. It shows just how dedicated nurses and healthcare professionals can be and the immense pressure that they are under.

    I work closely with a supplier of nurse call systems and I’m always on the lookout for programmes and press that show the amazing work carried out by nurses as they are never appreciated quite as much as they should be. The supplier of nurse call systems I work with is called Courtney Thorne and many nurses have said how the technology they supply has helped them perform their roles more efficiently within care homes and healthcare facilities.

    Anyway, bit off the track there! Glad you enjoyed the BBC show!

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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