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Title Chopper Rescue : Ep 1 of 4.

Published Australia : ABC2 [broadcaster], 2010 March 10 at 20:00:00.


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Physical description 1 streaming video file (25 min. 3 sec.) ; 151003680 bytes
Summary Chopper Rescue is a unique observational documentary series following the work of the helicopter rescue crews of Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ), who serve the people of far north Queensland. The Chopper Rescue crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and operate out of two bases in the far north cities of Townsville and Cairns. Consisting of pilot, air crew officer, rescue crew officer, paramedic and emergency doctor, the crews cover vast distances from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to the remote outback. A true observational series, Chopper Rescue does not sensationalise or 'beat up' the extraordinary action which unfolds in front of the camera. As a result the series is a unique and powerful look at human drama and compassion at its most natural and intense. In the first episode the Townsville crew is called out to rescue a shark fisherman shaking violently in pain after being stung by a tiny Irukandji jellyfish. The pain from the animal's venom is so intense that the young fisherman's blood pressure and heart rate are at dangerous levels. The venom has caused a number of fatalities in far north Queensland. The Townsville crew hover above a fishing boat at sea, land a doctor and rescue crewman, and then winch the fisherman into the chopper for life-saving care. Meanwhile the Cairns crew has to fly to a small country hospital where a young chef is suffering from life-threatening pancreatitis. His blood pressure is so low it's unreadable and without a functioning pancreas he will die. The medical team and the helicopter crew work hard to increase his blood pressure before leaving, as they won't be able to manage resuscitation in the chopper. PRODUCTION DETAILS: A Big Island Pictures Production. Executive Producers: Mark Chapman and Ruth Berry.
Audience Classification PG ACMA.
Other author Briggs, Stephen, actor.
Benson, Corrie, contributor.
Creaton, Annie, contributor.
Crosby, Terry, contributor.
Fabbri, Andrea, contributor.
Huppatz, Greg, contributor.
Kestevan, Tim, contributor.
Rider, Spida, contributor.
Subject Blood pressure -- Regulation.
Pancreatitis -- Treatment.
Poisonous marine animals.
Rescue work.