Code Black (Trailer)

In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America’s busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is “C-Booth,” Los Angeles County Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.” CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate – bringing us face to face with America’s only 24/7 safety net.

Epley’s Maneuver

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the likely cause in patients reporting brief recurrent attacks of dizziness triggered by changes in head position. It is important to recognize this cause because it can be readily treated at the bedside and because identification of the key features is the most effective way to exclude a central nervous system cause of positional dizziness. Important points about BPPV are that; a) the dizziness episodes last < 1 minute – Sometimes nausea or a mild light headedness can persist longer than 1 minute, but any patient reporting positional dizziness lasting longer than 1 minute should be carefully scrutinized for other potential causes. b) patients are normal in between episodes The Epley manoeuvre, a curative bedside manoeuvre, can then be used to reposition the debris in the semicircular cannals that is responsible for BPPV.