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.
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