TV Character Suspended By Real-Life Austin-Travis County (TX) EMS Medical Director


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TV Character Suspended By Real-Life Austin-Travis County (TX) EMS Medical Director

Submitted by Bill Degnan on Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:15

The sea Captain bites his tongue until it bleeds, when juniors are learning to handle the ship. And, I imagine there has been some serious commentary about fictional patient care on the TV show 9-1-1 Lone Star, over at the Office of Medical Director for Austin-Travis County EMS.

If you don't know, the Medical Director is a very important part of the delegated practice of Emergency Medicine in the field.  As in many EMS systems, providers must be familiar with and proficient with their scope of practice under clinical operating guidelines established by the OMD.

If the medical director issues a suspension, it is normally a very serious matter, indeed. In this case, with so much tongue biting, the report of this suspension was done with tongue placed firmly in cheek.

Dr. Escott
Mark E. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP, NRP
Dr. Escott serves as the EMS System Medial Director for the City of Austin and Travis County, Texas. SOURCE: City of Austin


9-1-1 Lone Star, a TV show which purports to take place in Austin, yet shows no evidence that the writers have ever been out of LA, has shown some pretty sketchy procedures. At least, so I have read. Apparently Austin has desert, like a road runner cartoon and every day looks like the rodeo is in town.

If you like the show, you're welcome to it. You can have my share. 

Thanks, Dr. Escott, I don't know if your order will have much impact, but I feel a little safer knowing that you have drawn the line in the desert sand. There is only so much yelling at the TV can accomplish. But, we try. ↗️↗️