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May 09, 2014

TLC’s new “OMG EMT!” show: What do you think?

The show features “unusual emergency calls, told by real-life EMTs” and is meant to give viewers an inside look at what EMTs deal with on a daily basis

EMT Samantha (Sammi) Charen was called to a scene where a drunk college student attempted to slide down the wooden railing of a staircase, and ended up with the world’s worst splinters.

“It’s hard to believe it happened,” Charen, 20, told the New York Daily News. She has been an EMT for three years, and was featured on the first episode of TLC’s four-part reenactment series “OMG EMT!”

"I love that it's a stable job but there's change every day," she said. "But that could also mean I have a 4-year-old that goes into cardiac arrest."

The show is meant to give viewers an inside look at what EMTs deal with on a daily basis. “It features some of the most memorable and unusual emergency call, told by real-life EMTs,” according to a press release from TLC.

In an upcoming episode, Charen also received a radio call along the lines of “unconscious victim entraps female.”

They arrived to find a large man suffered a seizure in the middle of intercourse, and collapsed on top of a tiny woman.

“We didn’t understand what it was until we got there,” Charen said.

Each episode features dramatizations of three real-life EMT calls. It airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m.  

So, we want to know. Have you seen the show? What do you think? If you haven’t seen it, do you plan to check it out? 

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Gary England Gary England Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:32:16 PM Saw an episode last night one call was a couple that got stuck during sex from her vagina clamping down on him. The EMT said that she told her partner to bring lots of lube and then attempted to get them loose before giving up and putting them both on the stretcher and transporting. What state in this great country of ours has a protocol on penile vaginal seperation? Another call was a medic with a rookie and after delivering a baby they prepare to transport and discover that the new guy has locked they keys in the truck. Now this one I can relate to because I humbly admit that I have done it after a 200 mile transport and upon trying to load the stretcher to go back home discovering the doors to be locked and the keys in the ignition. Luckily, security was able to unlock it so we could go home.
Cathy Blank Cathy Blank Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:56:07 PM Loved it laughed hard.
Franklyn Mejia Franklyn Mejia Sunday, May 18, 2014 11:21:14 AM this show is okay my only problem is that its way to Hollywood then real. the emts on the show look like fresh out emt training and look like high school kids lol .
Ken Fears Ken Fears Sunday, May 18, 2014 6:21:48 PM I've seen it and am disappointed. First, the EMT's seem to be a team in which one member is not terribly competent. The portrayal is not very realistic. Second, they insert mini-stories between the scenes. In the last show I saw, one of these stories involved an EMT responding to a scene with a man vomiting, who she said tried to siphon gas from an RV and instead, siphoned from the waste holding tank. The way RV's are made, that is not possible (the tanks have a vent on the roof and a gravity dump below the tank, with no place to insert a siphon hose), but it was a story making the rounds on the internet a while ago. Bogus. In the same show, another mini-story involved an elderly woman, hard of hearing. The EMT said he leaned over and told her, "Big breaths". He said she looked down, then said "They used to be". That is a Henny Youngman joke more than 60 years old. Both of those mini-stories were presented as being real. Total BS. In that same show, one team received a call but could not understand the dispatcher. Instead of getting a clear message, they had a partial address and wandered off in the hopes of finding the scene. That is incredibly unprofessional. Having been an EMT myself, I simply cannot believe that a team could do that and still keep their jobs. Bottom line, it seems that writers and producers have taken an idea that might have worked and have written their own concept of what life is like for emergency services. Does anyone remember John Gage and Roy DeSoto on "Emergency"? They did a much more credible job. I don't plan on watching this trash again.
Teresa A. Puga Teresa A. Puga Friday, May 23, 2014 8:25:16 PM Awesome!!!!

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