When a young girl dies in a car crash, Quincy's investigation leads him to some disquieting numbers about emergency room care and the need for trauma centers to handle the critically injured.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
Joseph Roman ...
Richard Hawley
Dr. Fuller
John O'Connell ...
Dr. James North
Paramedic Mike Harvey (as George Deloy)
Bruce Anderson
Attorney Ted Marshall
Dr. Fry
Sherry Anderson
Harry Sylmar


When a young girl dies in a car crash, Quincy's investigation leads him to some disquieting numbers about emergency room care and the need for trauma centers to handle the critically injured.

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Drama | Mystery | Crime




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4 November 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Bruce Anderson arrives at the hospital, he is wearing MAST (Medical Anti-Shock Trousers) aka PASG (Pressurized Anti-Shock Garment) and the doctor opens the Velcro fly on them to examine his injuries. Developed during the Vietnam war era to help combat shock caused by blood loss to the core (such as through hypovolemia) by pushing blood out of the legs and into vital organs by inflating air pockets in the "pants", MAST was commonly used into the 1980's for trauma patients. However, concerns about clot rupture and vascular damage, combined with inconsistent benefits to patients that have injuries above the waist, have reduced the use of MAST at present. See more »


The emergency medical response in this show is inaccurate for L.A. County in that era. The standard response to a car accident (MVA) with injuries was an engine company and a rescue squad. (see the more realistic EMERGENCY! as an example). Paramedics ride a non-transport rescue squad utility body light truck to the scene and an ambulance service transports to the hospital, often with one paramedic in the back to care for the patient. In contrast, this episode has two EMT's arrive in a van ambulance that appears to be a fire department vehicle.

What did they well enough? The radio transmissions to the hospital were realistic, and they had the Biophone and drug box. Interestingly enough, the actors somewhat resemble the paramedic characters John Gage and Roy DeSoto from EMERGENCY! even in their mannerisms. See more »

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Not especially entertaining....and preachy.
19 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A traffic accident occurs and paramedics respond. However, one of the victims is pretty bad off and they transport him not to the nearest emergency room but to the best--and this is against explicit orders. This badly injured man does survive, but his daughter who seemed much less badly injured died...at the closer emergency room. When Quincy gets involved, he is ready to go off on a crusade--to change the rules and get victims to the best possible emergency room. The 'Golden Hour' reference is referring to getting the best treatment within the first hour of the accident, as you'll either save or lose most folks during this period.

What this episode could have really used was a crime. Let me explain. The best "Quincy" episodes seem to be ones where there is a crime to be investigated and the worst are often the ones that are social issues shows. In this one, the social issue are the rules that govern how paramedics respond to emergencies. And, not surprisingly, the show is weak and full of Quincy grandstanding and arguing. Preachy "Quincy" episodes spend more time promoting an issue than trying to entertain the audience. Overall, a rather dull episode. While I might not say it's among the show's worst (like the other reviewer says), but I certainly agree that it is not a particularly good one.

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