Television dramas are a source of medical education
Television audiences demand factual accuracy from medical dramas because they learn emergency medical skills while they watch, says a new report commissioned by the Broadcasting Standards Commission. The report looks at the way drama series act as vehicles for social comment and public information; the report reviews how accurately such programming portrays its featured professions.1
The emergency procedures on screen come under the most critical analysis, with viewers demanding accuracy to ensure the safety of the general public. Participants were far keener for broadcasters to get their facts right than discuss social issues. In particular, viewers watched dramas and learnt how to act in emergency situations--for example, what to do with burns or with a diabetic person who has just collapsed.
Some ambulance crews, however, claim this realistic portrayal often makes their job harder. One London paramedic recalls, “I had one guy who insisted he knew he could do a