I have written my view on ‘live’ TV shows involving ambulance services and how the push to put everything on social media risks breaching professional and legal obligations of paramedics – see
- Breaching patient privacy to tell a good news story (February 1, 2020);
- Posting on social media by police – and others (February 2, 2019);
- How are reality ambulance shows legal? (Updated) (October 9, 2018).
Now these articles from Sacramento, California also make the claim that these types of shows are inappropriate:
“These shows are exploitative …Certainly when you call 911 in a moment of distress or have an emergency, you don’t expect a film crew to be coming to film you or your family member, child or loved one. It’s trauma porn.”
- Theresa Clift and Molly Sullivan ‘Live Rescue’ films Sacramento residents drunk, injured and distressed. Is it exploitation?‘ Sacramento Bee (February 3, 2020); and
- Theresa Clift ‘Following Bee report, Sacramento councilman seeks to pull out of ‘Live Rescue’ reality show‘ Sacramento Bee (February 4, 2020 (republished by EMS1 as ‘City councilman calls for Sacramento department to pull out of ‘Live Rescue’ TV show’).