On any given day, the nurses, doctors, and staff of Mercy Hospital are faced with decisions that will have lasting effects on the lives of their patients. The stories of Mercy come from real life nursing -- and the issues explored in the show reflect a spectrum of contemporary health issues.
To help the public better understand the implications and intricacies of the show's themes, this outreach page has been created with the assistance of the Hollywood Health and Society group at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Norman Lear Center. You will find links leading to external pages providing information on topics discussed and related to each week's episode.
Following the donut shop shooting, Veronica finds herself overwhelmed by PTSD. Accompanied by a disturbing visitor, she takes off on an impromptu road trip, leaving everyone concerned. Back at Mercy, the victims of a bus bombing inundate the E.R., causing Dr. Briggs and Dr. Sands to clash over the only available operating room. Chloe battles a hangover on her second day in the E.R., Sonia struggles to conceal her infidelity from Valentino, and Dr. Harris treats a patient whose injury causes her to make inappropriate sexual advances.
Read through the "Field Triage Decision Scheme" here.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Read about traumatic brain injury and statistics here.