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Life Savers, BBC2, Thursday 13/06

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    Posted by jannemieke (U9267858) on Friday, 14th June 2013

    I watched this as I am interested in medical programs from a professional point of view. If you are going to have a car accident than Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge seems to be the place to be treated. The doctor talked about the "new" unit, don't know how it was before but all patients got the best of care. There were a lot of teams of doctors, nurses and other aides to be able to provide this. Is Addenbrooke the only hospital to provide this care and so why and who has decided to start it this way? Very brave of and respect for the families who were filmed for this program.

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    Posted by tartan53 (U15067717) on Friday, 14th June 2013

    Agree great programme
    My daughter works in A & E at Addenbrookes and actually appeared in last nights programme briefly around 28-30 mins into it with the women who had to have a spleen removed
    My understanding is this unit is part of a new A & E at Addenbrookes and if successful a new bigger unit will be built

    Only down side is you need to take out a mortgage to park for more than a hour at Addenbrookes and NIMBEYS who live close to the site are blocking the provision of a helipad so they land on near by golf course and ambulance has to ferry patients

    But makes you aware of why you have to wait with minor complaints while this life saving work goes on

    Cant wait for more next week along with 24 hours in A & E highlights the skill of all the staff

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    Posted by jannemieke (U9267858) on Friday, 14th June 2013

    Wow, to be able to work in such a unit.smiley - ok I worked as a nurse on a children's ward in a town in Flanders. They performed procedures like treating the pneumo thorax in the elderly lady. The speed and competence is something I am envious of. Of course things kept changing for the better but it was sometimes more because of us nurses than because of the doctors. smiley - erm

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    Posted by tartan53 (U15067717) on Monday, 17th June 2013

    Working in this unit comes at a price often my daughter is dead on her feet after 12 hour shift

    Heath care moves on at such a pace but nurses are the key to it all I think as doctors come and go as you must know

    But she says the rewards are so great apart from the drunks who waste so much time at A & E as they are seen just in case they harm themselves or other patients

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 18th June 2013

    I missed this one - did anyone else watch?

    smiley - doctor

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    Posted by Lemon Sabotage (U9577550) on Tuesday, 18th June 2013

    Yes: excellent programme.The only thing I would like to have known, was whether it turned out that the RT collision was thought to be the fault of one or other of the drivers, but I suppose it's pointless to wonder as we (the viewers) will never know.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 20th June 2013

    Tonight 9pm smiley - ok


    Episode 2

    Not currently available on BBC iPlayer
    Episode 2 of 3
    DURATION: 1 HOUR
    This episode explores how the network rushes critical patients to the world-famous hub at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, and the difficult decisions doctors face when trying to save a life.

    Specially trained emergency medics Adam and Neil are sent to a car that has hit a tree at speed. The driver is trapped in the wreckage by his legs, and the risk of massive bleeding the moment he is released means Adam takes control of the scene.

    At Addenbrookes, the emergency department receives two patients from another car that has hit a tree. The driver, Daniel, has severe chest injuries, but even more worrying is his dislocated spine. He is unable to feel or move his legs, and spinal surgeon Rikin Trevedi knows he needs to operate fast to give him a chance of walking again. But when Daniel is on the operating table, his breathing deteriorates and Rikin and his colleagues face the toughest of dilemmas: whether trying to save the use of his legs is worth risking his life.

    Air ambulance medic Nick Foster is scrambled to a woman who has been thrown from her horse onto concrete. He is concerned she has broken her pelvis and could risk life-threatening, internal bleeding. In a scenario where every moment counts, the helicopter rushes her directly to the specialists at Addenbrookes.

    With film crews embedded with air ambulances, the emergency department, critical care units and operating theatres, Life Savers reveals as never before the real-life drama of frontline emergency medicine

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    Posted by jannemieke (U9267858) on Thursday, 20th June 2013

    Tonight 9pm smiley - ok 

    I'll be watching, Peta. smiley - ok

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    Posted by Emma (U15767621) on Thursday, 20th June 2013

    Life savers : 20th June 2013

    Life savers is a very interesting program and I enjoy understanding how hospitals deal with patients who are critically ill. The program shows the individuals treatment from the accident/incident right through to their rehabilitation. This gives the viewer understanding about intervention which occurs and what the roles of professionals are in hospital. However I would argue that the profession of occupational therapy is not shown which is a critical part of an individuals care. There are many programmes shown by the bbc who do not show this role and these professionals are critical with getting individuals back to full mobility and assist with getting individuals back into completing activities of daily living. This role is critical as individuals have to relearn these skills to enable them to go back home. Mobility is so important but washing and dressing or transfers in and out of a chair etc is equally important. The program showed children in specialist chairs with adequate support where complex assessment is required to get this chair right but this is the role of the occupational therapist which is not shown. I am disappointed by this as this is a role which less known then physiotherapy or nursing is equally important within the patients life. I feel that people watching program's need to know the bigger picture and get a balanced view.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Thursday, 20th June 2013

    Life savers : 20th June 2013

    Life savers is a very interesting program and I enjoy understanding how hospitals deal with patients who are critically ill. The program shows the individuals treatment from the accident/incident right through to their rehabilitation. This gives the viewer understanding about intervention which occurs and what the roles of professionals are in hospital. However I would argue that the profession of occupational therapy is not shown which is a critical part of an individuals care. There are many programmes shown by the bbc who do not show this role and these professionals are critical with getting individuals back to full mobility and assist with getting individuals back into completing activities of daily living. This role is critical as individuals have to relearn these skills to enable them to go back home. Mobility is so important but washing and dressing or transfers in and out of a chair etc is equally important. The program showed children in specialist chairs with adequate support where complex assessment is required to get this chair right but this is the role of the occupational therapist which is not shown. I am disappointed by this as this is a role which less known then physiotherapy or nursing is equally important within the patients life. I feel that people watching program's need to know the bigger picture and get a balanced view. 
    I feel a lot of these programmes are like the old war propaganda machine, how good it is.

    We all know that under the auspices of efficiency savings a 20% cut is being surreptitiously implemented.

    See one thing , in reality get another.


    Then sell it off

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Friday, 21st June 2013

    Did anyone else watch?

    I enjoyed this programme...

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    Posted by Lemon Sabotage (U9577550) on Friday, 21st June 2013

    Yes, another excellent programme.
    I still feel frustrated at not knowing the causes of any of the accidents resulting in the injuries though.
    I know it's not really relevant to what the programme's about, but I would still like to know.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Friday, 21st June 2013

    Yes, another excellent programme.
    I still feel frustrated at not knowing the causes of any of the accidents resulting in the injuries though.
    I know it's not really relevant to what the programme's about, but I would still like to know. 
    Yes me too - natural curiosity , but I guess the families and people involved might not want to be included in the programme, if they felt that fingers would be pointed at them publicly.

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    Posted by Lemon Sabotage (U9577550) on Friday, 21st June 2013

    Yes, I can fully see why they don't go into it (and anyway, it isn't something that the medics and paramedics would have any involvement in).
    But one can't help wondering (and I have to admit that I always half-expect the fully- or partly-recovered patients to give us some advice at the end such as "Don't forget to drive carefully and wear your seat-belt"!)

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    Posted by germinator (U13411914) on Friday, 21st June 2013

    What about a clip of Jack Warner as Dixon of Dock Green, reminding us in a friendly way to 'Mind how you go'?

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    Posted by Sandstrom (U14413284) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    The lack of an update is a bit of a failing as far as the programme goes.

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

    I agree. I assume there will be one at the end of the series but it would be nice to know at the end of the relevant programme.

    9 and a half years for effectively taking another person's life. smiley - erm

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

    Did anyone watch the last episode?

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

    Posts about this programme here please...


    Please also read the Director's blog

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...

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    Posted by minimetto (U1159894) on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

    I watched last night's episode - was greatly moved by the skill these people at Addenbrooks's apply to the most horrific cases. Does anyone know whether David survived? It was not really clear at the end of the programme....

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    Posted by supernanauna (U5159866) on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

    I don't think there was any change in his condition - poor thing.

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    Posted by Pam (U15773886) on Wednesday, 26th June 2013

    I was also concerned to know how David was. We have been given final updates on all patients at the end of each programme and for some reason Dave was omitted. If this was at the request of his family so be it but it would have been nice to know. I am sure I was not the only person to be very concerned about him...

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