About the Show
Dr Kevin Fong investigates some of the world's most dangerous, diverse and demanding emergency medicine environments to uncover the science of saving lives
Series 1 Summary
Dr Kevin Fong is a young doctor who deals with bodies on the brink of life and death. As a medical advisor to NASA he has witnessed and studied the effect of extreme conditions on human physiology. Now he's ready for a new challenge.
In this series, Fong takes an extraordinary, adrenaline-fuelled journey into some of the world's most dangerous, diverse and demanding emergency medicine environments to uncover the science of saving lives.
Whether coping with the devastation of an epidemic of gunshot wounds in the Bronx, or mangled bodies pulled from traffic pileups in the car crash capital of the world, the combination of appalling injuries and extreme surroundings means the doctors he meets must operate at the very frontiers of medicine. These highly-skilled medical professionals are developing new procedures and techniques to help their patients survive.
Kevin travels to Australia, land of 22 million people and 16 million vehicles, where accidents are the country's biggest killer. Every day four people are killed and 90 seriously injured on Australia's roads.
Melbourne has one of the world's leading trauma centres, particularly famous for its specialist treatment of road traffic accident victims. Kevin joins the team to find out how they go about saving lives against all the odds.
There were more than 12,000 reported violent crimes and 127 murders in the Bronx in 2011. Kevin bases himself in St Barnabas hospital, where the victims of shootings and gang violence go to be patched up.
What can Kevin learn from the extraordinary women and men in the Bronx?
Dr Kevin Fong joins up with the specialist trauma team from King's College Hospital and sees how they cope with London's most extreme medical emergencies, from gunshot wounds to kids with suspected spinal injuries and the victims of a road traffic accident.
Johannesburg is one of the world's most violent cities, with over 3000 murders a year. The Charlotte Maxeke Hospital has developed a legendary trauma unit with an extraordinary record in treating patients.
Kevin joins up with a team of surprisingly young trainee ER doctors who have to cope with the type of medical emergencies most doctors don't see in a lifetime.
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