Level One Trauma
Level One Trauma
In celebration of Dr. Peter Rhee's new book, "Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in American Cities," PBS 6 will rebroadcast Level One Trauma, Tuesday, June 3 at 8pm.
About the Book
“Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America’s Cities”:
On Saturday, January 8, 2011, Dr. Peter Rhee was called into work – on his first day off in weeks – to Tucson's University Medical Center Trauma Center, where 10 gunshot victims were being rushed after a man opened fire on a crowd of people at a local supermarket. One of the victims was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It was a day the nation would never forget, but for Dr. Rhee, it was also just another day on the job, saving lives.
In his gripping memoir, Dr. Rhee recalls that "challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, frustrating,
heartbreaking, satisfying, bloody, bloody, bloody day at the office," and the path that led him
there. From his youth in South Korea and Uganda – where he once watched his surgeon father
remove a spear from a man's belly – to frontline surgery in Iraq and Afghanistan, to trauma
centers on the urban battlefields of Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Dr. Rhee's life story is so
much more than you already know!
You can purchase Dr. Rhee's new book at http://uabookstore.arizona.edu/default.asp
Level One Trauma - The Story
Level One Trauma is a revealing, personal, and gripping look “behind the scenes” at the University of Arizona Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center. This documentary takes the audience inside a trauma unit as first responders, doctors, nurses and other specialists struggle to save lives on a daily basis. It also focuses on very personal stories shared by patients and their families about their survival and care.
With recent tragedies in the news such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, trauma care is in the national spotlight. One in three people is affected by trauma. While the majority of acutely injured people are treated at one of the thousands of emergency rooms nationwide, patients treated at a Level One Trauma Center have a 25% better chance of survival. Every person involved in the emergency, beginning with the 911 operator, is part of a system specifically designed to get trauma victims the best care possible as quickly as possible. Level One Trauma also explores the cost of maintaining such a high level of comprehensive care, and perhaps more importantly, the cost of not having a nearby Level One to the communities they serve.