Boston EMS starts airing July 30.
How do they get patient consent to film for the show? How did the ambulance company's insurance company approve this? And ABC News's lawyers?
My lawyer will tell the court that I couldn't give informed consent for that in an emergency situation. And will also assert that the presence of the TV crew was compromising the quality of care and response time. Or, in event of an ambulance crash, a lawyer will say that the filming compromised driving safety, when doing a ride-along in the cab en route, and the driver is distracted by talking for the TV audiences. Good luck with the "But, but, but, it was for the good of sensationalist reality TV!" defense.
Can't wait. I'm going to watch this show while enjoying, a big, greasy Wahlburger and Fries in a plastic basket.
I'm not connected with the show or anyone working on it, but I'm gonna use my common sense here and guess that they will get consent in the same way the people who filmed "COPS" did for years...after the fact, when everyone is calm, rational and properly conscious and sober.
People who didn't consent, or haven't recovered enough to give consent by post-production time will have their faces blurred out, their names and/or voices obscured, or that bit of footage destroyed unused.
And if the driver is/would be distracted by talking for tv audiences, how in the world is he/she supposed to NOT be distracted by the shouting, patients flailing around, beeping, clanging machines and frantic life-saving activities going on in the back? Someone who can drive safely through all that will not have a traffic incident because of a little chit-chat.
I think my lawyer will eat your lawyer for breakfast, when it comes to health care. :)
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