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PARAMEDICS
TV Series

Paramedics on Channel 9

Our paramedics go to incredible lengths to give our patients the very best care. In a new TV show on Nine, we’re excited for you to come behind the scenes and be part of the work we do every day, and experience the highs and lows of ambulance life. Join our paramedics – on the road an in the air – as we respond to Triple Zero (000) emergencies across Victoria.

The first series of Paramedics has finished airing on Nine for 2019.
Catch up on final Series One episodes at 9now.com.au/paramedics

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Meet the cast of Paramedics here.

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Episode resources

Episode synopses and links to topics and wellbeing information shared during the series.

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Episode One

Every second counts as Taz and Amanda treat a swimmer who collapses after leaving a sauna – they must act quickly to prevent a cardiac arrest. Jamie and Mike deliver friendly first-aid to a colourful character having a tough time. Natalie and Leonard find a novel way to lift an elderly patient’s spirits. Matt and his helicopter crew take flight to help a two-year-old girl who’s fallen unconscious and stopped breathing.

Resources
Save Triple Zero (000) for emergency calls
Heart attack is a medical emergency I Better Health Channel
What’s the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest? I St John Ambulance Victoria
Helping someone struggling with alcohol or other drugs I Turning Point
Occupational violence against healthcare workers is never OK I WorkSafe Victoria
Older people preventing falls at home I Better Health Channel

Episode Two

Mark and Carina race to help a critically injured paraglider who’s crashed into a cliff but challenging terrain hinders progress as night closes in. Jamie and Mike struggle to convince a cyclist hit by a car to go to hospital, fearing her adrenaline is masking multiple injuries. A bed bugs case has Nicola and Michelle getting itchy all over, while Taz and Amanda rush to aid a man who’s collapsed in agony at his workplace.

Resources
Major trauma care in Victoria I Better Health Channel
Ice facts and help I Victorian Government
Give space to bike riders I Transport Accident Commission
Flashing lights – pass at 40km/h I VicRoads
Back pain I Better Health Channel
Allergies explained I Better Health Channel

Episode Three

Mark and Carina race to save a young woman struggling to breathe from a severe asthma attack. Matt airlifts a trauma patient to hospital after a horror car crash. Taz and Amanda find a fun way of deciding who drives the ambulance.

Resources
Asthma myths and facts I Asthma Australia (video)
Asthma emergency first aid I Better Health Channel
All about thunderstorm asthma I Better Health Channel
Know your risk: heart health check I Heart Foundation
CFA brigades and emergency medical response I Country Fire Authority (video)
First aid basics in an emergency I Better Health Channel

Episode Four

Nat and Leonard get a surprise while treating a suspected drug overdose. A heartbreaking fall for a 98-year-old woman requires a delicate rescue mission. And vicious abuse from a member of the public shocks Amanda and Taz.

Resources
Violence against paramedics is never OK
Preventing falls as you grow older I My Aged Care
Falls – services for older people I Better Health Channel
50 tips to be more neighbourly I Neighbour Day (Relationships Australia)
Become an emergency services volunteer I Volunteer Victoria

Episode Five

Nat and Leonard battle to save an elderly woman after a suspected stroke. Taz and Amanda race to help a child trapped in a car outside a kindergarten. A missing item of clothing has Nicola and Michelle scratching their heads.

Resources
Stroke explained I Better Health Channel
F.A.S.T – signs of stroke I Stroke Foundation (video)
Kids in hot cars I KidSafe Victoria
Survive the heat I Better Health Channel
Choosing motorcycle protective gear I spokes.com.au (TAC)

Episode Six

Matt treats a patient burnt in a work-place explosion, but bad weather jeopardises the flight to hospital. Nat presses Leonard to propose marriage. Mark struggles with a misbehaving driver who’s crashed into a pole.

Resources
Calling an ambulance
What causes chest pain? I Better Health Channel
First aid for burns I Better Health Channel
Motorcycle safety I VicRoads
Drink driving I Transport Accident Commission

Episode Seven

Mark is called to a volatile emergency as a man leaps from a moving car and goes on a rampage. Flight paramedic Ray races to a camping trip SOS. Amanda and Leonard treat a badly injured tourist after an ill-fated skateboarding attempt. Watch this episode on 9Now.

Resources
Emergency+ App for mobile emergency calls I ESTA000
First aid for wounds, cuts and bleeding I Better Health Channel
Bruce – Ambulance Victoria’s peer support dog
Improve your mental health and wellbeing I Beyond Blue
Distractions in cars I Transport Accident Commission

Episode Eight

Every second counts as paramedics try to reach an unconscious patient by breaking into her house. Mark and Carina treat a man with a life-threatening condition, where the only way to save him is to stop his heart. Watch this episode on 9Now.

Resources
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction I Better Health Channel
Will you recognise your heart attack? I Heart Foundation (fact sheet)
Croup (kid’s health info) I Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
How to safely help someone who has fallen I health.gov.au
Heart arrhythmias and palpitations I Better Health Channel

Episode Ten

Season final. Mark races to help a young father in danger of losing his arm, following a horrific workplace accident. After a car crash leaves a trail of destruction creating chaos, Nat and Leonard are shocked by a patient’s surprising revelation. Watch this episode on 9Now.

Resources
How we respond to Triple Zero (000) calls
Seatbelt safety I Transport Accident Commission
What to do at the scene of a car accident I St John Ambulance Victoria
Stocking a basic first aid kit I Better Health Channel
First aid for choking I Better Health Channel

About the Series

Paramedics is an observational documentary series filmed in Victoria, Australia’s fastest growing population centre. Ambulance Victoria responds to over 800,000 patients every year. In this Series we’re privileged to share some of these patients’ stories with you as well as an insight to the work we do every day. Read more about why we’re involved in this Series and how it’s made here.

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