Brav­ing the el­e­ments, re­al­ity-TV style

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

One would think that a new re­al­ity show about Hawai­ian am­bu­lance crews would de­liver a com­pelling 30 min­utes of TV that might at­tract a lot of view­ers.

As de­scribed by the Weather Chan­nel, where “Hawaii Air Res­cue” is sched­uled to air for six weeks be­gin­ning Sept. 5, the show will fol­low Hawaii Life Flight am­bu­lance com­pany crew mem­bers tack­ling trau­matic med­i­cal cases as they make life-sav­ing calls, res­cues and trans­fers. More­over, the res­cues take place in an en­vi­ron­ment that could pro­duce gale-force winds, hur­ri­canes, tsunamis, fog and vol­canic erup­tions.

Alas, Out­liers will go out on a limb by pre­dict­ing that Amer­i­cans are more likely to continue to fa­vor re­al­ity shows that in­volve feud­ing wives of var­i­ous types, un­tal­ented singers and dancers com­pet­ing to be made into fools or beauty-pageant toddlers em­bar­rass­ing them­selves and their par­ents. Is it pos­si­ble for the “life and death” of emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices to com­pete with the “get-a-life” of trash TV? Prob­a­bly not.

The Weather Chan­nel says “aloha” to the new docu-se­ries “Hawaii Air Res­cue,” which will fol­low the crew of Hawaii Life Flight.

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