Aug 01

Paramedic and Medical Services for the Film and Television Industry

While doing background research at Los Angeles’ UCLA Harbor Medical Center for a proposed new show about doctors, television producer Robert A. Cinader, working for Jack Webb, happened to encounter “firemen who spoke like doctors and worked with them”. This concept developed into the television series Emergency!, which ran from 1972 to 1979, portraying the exploits of this new profession called paramedics. The show gained popularity with emergency services personnel, the medical community, and the general public. When the show first aired in 1972, there were just six paramedic units operating in three pilot programs in the whole of the US, and the term paramedic was essentially unknown. By the time the program ended in 1979, there were paramedics operating in all fifty states.

The popularity of Emergency led to many other acclaimed films and television productions including: Bringing Out The Dead, Third Watch, Trauma and many others.

The film and television industry is acutely aware of the risks of physical injury. Whether pratfalls, jumping from a tall building, car chases or any other physical stunt, the risk of serious injury is always present.

Panno Medical provides paramedic services to the film and television industry to assist in reducing time to treatment in the event of injury. Paramedics are on site during production and provide immediate care for a wide range of medical services such as bleeding control, fracture care, cardiac support, burn treatment and other industry related injuries.

For more detailed information, the Government of Ontario provides comprehensive safety guidelines for the industry. (see: Safety Guidelines for the Film and Television Industry in Ontario )