Many would agree that “Code Black” is one of those rare shows that may entice you to actually schedule some sacred time with your TV. “Code Black,” which is a CBS series, brings you as close to the action in an emergency room that you can get without actually being there.
The creators of “Code Black” offer the graphics of life-like procedures, much like you’d might see in a real emergency room, but they added a “MacGyver” spin to their tactics. Putting old school doctoring up against new school techniques gives the show a constant undertow of the veteran doctors vs. physicians fresh out of medical school.
KsiteTV on December 9, reports that the mid-season finale of “Code Black” that aired on Wednesday night, had the doctors put their own lives at risk on a foggy highway in a chain-reaction multiple vehicle crash. The scenes were so realistic as were the injuries and decisions these doctors needed to make. All except for one, as they seemed to have dropped the ball when orchestrating a rescue for the guy in cement.
“Code Black’s” well-coordinated dance offers up evidence from time to time that the latest technology is no replacement for a doctor’s gut instinct. One of the reasons this show is so intriguing is because they come up with situations that appear almost hopeless and with a “MacGyver”-like spin, it gets solved. They manage to make these scenes so realistic that you often find yourself with your jaw-dropped in the middle of a “Code Black” situation.
Celeb Dirty Laundry describes the “Code Black” show as a hospital emergency room that’s understaffed and that lacks the sufficient resources needed for the vast amount of the city’s population that utilizes this ER. This is the perfect canvas for scripting the incidents in which these doctors and nurses often need to resort to homemade devices or somewhat bizarre treatment to keep their patients alive. Something as simple as a drinking straw can be a life-saving device when this crew gets to work.
Wednesday night’s multiple-car crash crisis was one of those episodes that kept you glued to the TV. “Code Black” was going along just as exciting as ever when they came to a man who crashed his car into a cement truck and he ended up neck deep in cement.
One of the doctors was ready to leave him for dead, even though he was awake and coherent, because there were so many other victims that needed their help and he was deemed a goner. This guy sat in this cement through most of the episode, giving the doctors challenges to keep him warm. To to treat his hypothermia, which was setting in from the cold cement, they made the “McGyver” move of warming saline on a car engine then putting him on an IV bag to get that warmth through his body.
While this was going on one of the other doctors was running through this car crash scene looking for something to pry open this poor guy’s car door to get him out of that cement. When it looked like that doctor wasn’t coming back, the doctors attending to him had tears in their eyes as he left his good-by message to his family via a borrowed cell phone.
The man was having a hard time breathing as the cement was heavy and not letting him expand his chest to take in the air he needed. Now mind you, he is sitting neck-deep in cement, people are saying good-by to him because there is not much more they can do, so it’s a devastating scene. This is when the doctor finally shows up with a device to open the door.
The door is open and as you wait for another piece of heavy machinery to show up, or so you think, to chip away at this cement and set him free, the doctors use their hands to dig the cement away from him in a matter of minutes and get him out of the car and onto a stretcher. Then he is carted off and assumed saved. Really? This was a climax about as thrilling as watching a drowning man struggling only to have him stand up and be knee deep in water.
While one doctor in the beginning of the show said that it would take about “5-hours” to dig him out, they could have removed some of the cement and taken the pressure off his chest. It looked as if it took them no time to get him out once the door was open. The cement looked to be the consistency of loose mud as they just scooped it away from the guy.
So why didn’t these doctors and rescue team members just scoop the cement away from him in the first place? With all the time they wasted, they could have taken that cement out in buckets. They could have removed some of that cement that was weighing heavy on his chest and the man would have been able to breathe the entire time they looked for a device to pry open the door. They could have bi-passed the hot saline because with the wet and cold cement gone from his upper body, a blanket would have kept him warm until the door could be pried open for him to get out.
When those doctors literally scooped out the cement with their hands it was a toss-up between a let-down and something comical. They could have done this from the first time they laid eyes on the guy as his car window was down, but instead they stood there very seriously trying to figure out a way to save him. This show has paid major attention to details so far, so why did they drop the ball on this? Were they so impressed with warming the saline on the car motor that they thought viewers wouldn’t notice the cement was scooped off the guy by hand in the end?