[CodeBlack] is a new CBS show that airs on Wednesday nights. Neither one of us were all that interested in checking it out at first. For my wife and I figured that it would follow the established network pattern of focusing upon the personal (and usually gratuitously salacious) lives of the hospital staff at the expense of everything else, but Arlynda decided that we should give it at least one try.
Be assured that we are both very happy we did. For Code Black focuses upon doing the right thing for the patient instead of steadfastly upholding hospital policy, and that is something we both wish was more reality than fantasy.
Please, do not get us wrong. For we recognize the need for establishing rules for the betterment of all parties involved. Nonetheless, too many rules are there to protect just the interests of the hospital, and as I have written about, we have a lot of experience with when hospital policy is quite harmful to a patient.
On the other hand, Code Black stars [Marcia Gay Harden], who normally has a much too stern demeanor for my comfort. Yeah, the role she is playing involves extreme stress, but her natural scowl would be rather off-putting to me if she was my doctor. Of course, having [Luis Guzman] assisting would definitely lighten the mood, as he does on the show.
No, not every situation depicted on Code Black is as I would have it be in my perfect world. In one scene during the second episode (I think) a doctor smugly quipped something about when he would let a patient go home. After the patient questioned him on what he meant, the doctor coldly informed him (in so many words) that it was unlawful for a patient to be released while they still appeared to be a danger to themselves or others.
After my own experience with [A.M.A.], my ears really perked up. Ironically, I do not remember how the confrontation was resolved on the show. I suppose I was too occupied with my own thoughts about what happened to me to pay attention to what happened on the show. For in my own case, the hospital seemed like they could not get rid of me fast enough, which reinforces my thoughts on them having no business (other than generating more state-paid income for themselves) insisting upon keeping me in the hospital after I begged to go home.
All, in all, I would highly recommend you checking out Code Black, if you have not already. If you haven’t, you had better do it fast. For while doing some background research, I found that only six episodes were initially ordered. Whether or not the show comes back with more episodes remains to be seen, I suppose.
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