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Nightwatch: A Paramedic's Moral Dilemma (Season 4, Episode 5) | A&E

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When a patient refuses treatment, paramedic Rush must decide whether or not to force him to go to the hospital in this scene from "Animal Instinct". #Nightwatch Subscribe for more from Nightwatch and other great A&E shows: http://aetv.us/subscribe_ae Find out more about the show and watch full episodes on our site: http://aetv.us/NightwatchOfficial Check out exclusive A&E content: Website - http://www.aetv.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AETV Twitter - https://twitter.com/AETV Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AE Nightwatch Season 4 Episode 5 Animal Instinct From executive producer Dick Wolf comes "Nightwatch," an hour-long series following elite teams of emergency responders as they risk their lives to work the busiest and most unnerving shift of the day: the overnight shift in New Orleans, Louisiana. A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it’s the network’s distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality, groundbreaking documentary, or premium scripted drama, A&E always makes entertainment an art. Visit us at aetv.com for more info.
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Freya Nicholls (10 days ago)
America is nuts, can't believe you guys get medical bills and have to pay for ambulance rides?! There's something so twisted about paying to survive
Umg_ NbA (17 days ago)
I feel bad for him
f quint (1 month ago)
This video is heartbreaking, the money is just too much. Ambulance costs, medical costs are legitimately crippling people. It’s so sad that he wants to stay so that he can go to work to provide for his family and avoid these absurdly expensive medical costs.
jenny rod (1 month ago)
z a c.
darkespeon64 (2 months ago)
he may want to provide her presents but honestly thats way more selfish which scenario would have ruined her bday one without presents or one with a grandpa that just died a day or 2 ago and will have to live with remembering her grandpa died on her bday
Samual Mathewson (2 months ago)
Thank god Canada has free health care. i feel so bad for that poor man...
Jess (2 months ago)
This reminds me of my grandpa, he was an illegal immigrant so finding health care was really hard and he never wanted to even bother with health care. His only concern was his kids and grand kids. God bless that man.
Katherine Francis (3 months ago)
I would do the same as the man if he doesn’t want to go then he shouldn’t have to!
Jordan Manuelito (3 months ago)
This could've been handled way better.
Sudip Barua (3 months ago)
Thank you America for allowing your citizens to be more afraid of hospital bills rather than life problems. Hope this guy is doing well, he seems like a good man just trying to support himself and his family
Mira Sandy (3 months ago)
Baker act is just a way to force a medical bill on people 😐
Tam F. (3 months ago)
This was my favorite episode. And Rush was my favorite. He really loves his job and he shows compassion with every patient he meets
Carkkos (3 months ago)
i had a $10,000 hospital bill for a suicide attempt, my parents are in debt because of me, makes sense why he was terrified of the idea of heading toward the hospital, godsend
A Bad Player (3 months ago)
He’s gonna die after seeing his medical bills
Alyssa curry (4 months ago)
That is my auncle and auntie he is okay cause he comes and see use Soo for all of y'all back off my uncle
darkespeon64 (2 months ago)
make him realize that instead of presents youd rather have him present at your bday
pol pol (2 months ago)
The reason why these people are so worried is because a cardiac arrest is a significant issue. There wasn't any trauma so it would've been a medical cardiac arrest which could be due to a variety of heart issues. America's poor health coverage just makes the place unbearable.
Garrett Reven (4 months ago)
The phrase "It's game-over" is a TERRIBLE catchphrase for an EMT I had to sign one of those waivers. EMT screamed "DUMBASS" at me, the freshly concussed guy
Maxwell Trapp (1 month ago)
Right? Still, I can see why he did it. EMTs get a lot of people who refuse care without understanding just how bad their ailments are, and they probably get really angry because they feel like they let the patient down if they die.
Brenda Ramirez (4 months ago)
Well he knew the bill was gonna hit him harder.
Laura Llama (4 months ago)
ROBLOX (4 months ago)
i got a ad about a ad
Sunny Martin (4 months ago)
Reminds me of my grandpa so much...he doesn't ever let us know when he is in pain and need to go to the hospital, but just keep working so he can buy us all gifts (all of us are working already)...he recently got hospitalized for something he's put up with for years...thank God he is okay now tho
j246802 (4 months ago)
Hate to say it, but maybe he was worried about the financial cost as well? Like, I can't afford a 10K hospital bill?
Anthony Nomikos (5 months ago)
If you get forced medical treatment it should be free, what if he couldnt afford the bills so that was his reason for denying the medics? Now you forced him into treatment and force bills on him?
Savanah Currie (5 months ago)
My grandpa is just like this ! We call the ambulance for him and he will refuse and refuse to go “there ain’t nothing wrong with me” this was nostalgic
Roger Rampage (5 months ago)
I do not like the new seasons with all the cutting and directing. The 🎶. Music. Do we have to turn it into Hollywood.
uKnow (5 months ago)
Lol "baker act" him" lol did not understand anything that was going on. The man tripped and then fought and she called him "suga"
Semira (6 months ago)
we live in a country where people are more afraid of their medical bills, as opposed to their actual symptoms.
shawn murray (29 days ago)
+Semira also I mean I can talk to you about it considering I have to do it everyday just like you and I'm on call 24/7 incase of server emergencies, but sure look done on civilians.....really representing the military well oh and you get free medical if your in the military so who are you to talk about medical bills lmfao
shawn murray (29 days ago)
+Semira I thought you were done?
Semira (29 days ago)
shawn murray i’m in the military. don’t talk to me about having to wake up early for work
shawn murray (29 days ago)
+Semira some people have to wake up for work....guess you don't lol plus your sitting st your computer ready to respond to comments... attention seeking much?
Semira (29 days ago)
shawn murray but the saddest thing is you’re doing this a 4 in the morning. bye
Salman Khan (6 months ago)
Well this was sad
faigy vaysman (6 months ago)
please make more nightwatch
faigy vaysman (3 months ago)
can you please make more nightwatch
Max Barr (7 months ago)
God... did they consider the fact that HE MAYBE COULDN'T AFFORD IT?????
darkespeon64 (2 months ago)
they dont care theyre doing for their morals while the government is doing it for money
Homosexual Skittles (6 months ago)
At that time if he were seriously injured they aren't going to stop and consider that. If he couldn't were they supposed to just be like "Oh, of course, we'll let you go to possibly die later that night, how silly of us."
Dalton Lynch (6 months ago)
Most hospitals don't until after the treatment, then they find out the lack of insurance and they'll tell you your possible steps
Max Barr (6 months ago)
The fact that they didn't explain that says that the hospital they were taking him to didn't provide that.
Sara Di Donato (8 months ago)
This one broke my heart. I'm in EMS school right now, and he looks like he is going to cry.
darkespeon64 (2 months ago)
he was crying
Meldin Rizvic (5 months ago)
he was crying, and lol good luck.
Deana Wells (8 months ago)
This man is salt of the earth a real man. Being shocked by his defibrillator over and over and he is only concerned about doing a job tomorrow and he wants to give a grand baby Birthday gifts. He is some kind of man. Unfortunately these are the men who drop dead of a heart attack.
Hannah E. K. (29 days ago)
Deana Wells what he needs to do though is stay ALIVE for his grand kids.
mymak2015 (2 months ago)
There’s a fear of medical bills too. He’s worried about his job. It’s sad that being sick can cause so many financial problems.
darkespeon64 (2 months ago)
my father actually died of a heart attack they were able to revive him but the doctors said he had to have been in pain for awhile probably days without saying anything
pol pol (2 months ago)
+Fire Demos MSP doubt she is, it's just that people don't take their health serious and cardiac arrest especially which should be checked by a cardiologist.
Fire Demos MSP (3 months ago)
Deana Wells He is being a good guy. he’s thinking about other things then himself. No hate on your comment. I can’t tell if your hating at all
just me (8 months ago)
Y'all are going to arrest him for what? i get that he's really not trying to go it makes sense but he know he'll probably be paying these bills for a while and it's upsetting that people would rather die than get help shows a problem.
darkespeon64 (2 months ago)
idk wtf that was about either we are in our legal right to deny medical treatment and the "hes a danger to himself and other" excuse was bs as he clearly is not a danger to anyone
cniknik98 (8 months ago)
I hope he is ok. I mean the man wants to just go to work and support his family. But he also has a health problem that could damage his life. Dilemma indeed
Mike M (8 months ago)
In any other country he would have been like "sure I'll go."
Brian Pepin (9 months ago)
That poor man. He's so scared, he needs a hug. ;.;
VinoBianco (10 months ago)
this outro is the worst
Dmitry Bortko (10 months ago)
D Squared (10 months ago)
In Louisiana we can't make them go to the hospital if they don't want to.
Morgan Walz (4 months ago)
D Squared that’s just like the other states
SUPRA (11 months ago)
when did jonah hill become a paramedic lmaooooo
Jay’s Vlogs (11 months ago)
Cyber Durden (11 months ago)
A person has every right to refuse medical treatment.....I understand they are trying to save him, but they're wrong.
Morgan Walz (4 months ago)
Cyber Durden they didn’t even baker act him…
Cyber Durden (9 months ago)
Lil Big E yes he was. That's why I said they're wrong for doing it.... I don't see the problem here.
Lil Big E (9 months ago)
Cyber...That Fireman was literally about to use it if the test he did on the mans heart came back messed up. I asked if he was lying didn't I? I was being serious.
45k hospital bills if don't have self insurance that is 500 dollars a month.. Greatest country in the world. Lol American
Christopher Cruz (2 months ago)
lmaoooo average healthcare cost is around $200, if you can't pay out $200 a month then seek government assistence like foodstamps
TheReal RedWolfofDeath (2 months ago)
Better then “free” healthcare where the lines are long and they determine if you get the life saving emergency operation or not. There’s a reason why people come to the US from cucknada for operations.
Kyle Smith (3 months ago)
GOOFY ENTERTAINMENT BY RAYOH ! That's really only if you get surgery or have to stay at the hospital for at least a week. Just going to the Emergency Room only costs about $2 grand, or about $400 with insurance
joshua balsemer (1 year ago)
"Its my job to be worried about you" wish my mom had that job we would be millionaires
sarahbeth (1 year ago)
And then these are the kind of patients we get in the hospital who are rude, combative and verbally or physically abusive to nurses and HCPs.
Cyber Durden (9 months ago)
sarahbeth then you're in the wrong profession.
Hilary Mann (1 year ago)
It's too expensive
Finboee (4 months ago)
Mr Mann nice try hitting it ;)
Ariaz Games (7 months ago)
Mr Mann My last name is Mann
Mr Mann (8 months ago)
Please tell me your lastname is also Mann? I've never seen someone else who does.
Duino Duwang (1 year ago)
Just chloraform him and it will be all right
Sarah Boo (1 year ago)
I’ve been baker acted for self harm......
sinistercinema1990 (3 months ago)
Tia Chia that's a very ignorant statement to make
Kaleb B (7 months ago)
How’ve you been?
Jackie Perez (7 months ago)
Sarah Boo I hope you are okay now god bless you
Jackie Perez (7 months ago)
Me too I was suicidal locked myself in the bathroom and my mom called the cops.-.
layla (8 months ago)
Sarah Boo its been 5 months since you commented i hope youre doing better
perosn dhdjd (1 year ago)
How about you make it so he won't have to pay 10,000 + for going to the hospital
jake winslow (4 days ago)
Make education cheaper, make medical products cheaper, make housing cheaper, make food cheaper. You cant have it all. Especially in a country that thrives from capitalism. Someone's gotta get paid or taxes are gonna be 75% of our income to give those things for free when they aren't needed. You'll then be complaining that your phone bill, insurance and living expenses are to high.
Hannah E. K. (29 days ago)
Brandon that’s not true. That’s conservative propaganda.
Hannah E. K. (29 days ago)
perosn dhdjd because the EMTs have control of that
JW93Emergency (1 month ago)
That’s the reason many people don’t go and get the help they need, because it’ll financially cripple them. Here in the U.K. we don’t have this problem. We never have patients refusing to come with us because they cannot afford it.
Mr. Doughboy (6 months ago)
How do the doctors, nurses and other staff get paid?
Koala Disco (1 year ago)
This person was probably too afraid to pay the hospital bulls
Morgan Walz (4 months ago)
Koala Disco I would be too, ambulance ride, ER, cardiology, and whatever tests he has to have, that’s already over 100,000
amosc , glonl.kraay . (5 months ago)
i mean hospital bills aren’t a joke , i had an allergic reaction to poison ivy about 2 years ago , i was in the hospital for 3 days & the bill came bacc over $33,000 /: .
Miss Kpop NightCore (6 months ago)
Koala Disco Some people don’t have enough money you know not everyone here is rich
Carol Jackson (6 months ago)
Koala Disco bills
Chris Thomson (1 year ago)
This show looks really fake and dont know why emt saying ekg instead of ecg
Morgan Walz (4 months ago)
Chris Thomson bruh they’re the same thing, you have google and you could look this up
8Lance8 (8 months ago)
I usually don't comment on anything but when people are so wrong.... It means electroc(k)ardiogrammm... It is a medical term, origin kardia which means heart in Greek. Medical terms come from Latin and Greek so why does everyone think he is an expert and comment bs. English is not even my native...
Iris Yip (8 months ago)
No how about u check ur facts. Only USA calls it EKG not ECG. SO quit trolling
Ryan B (8 months ago)
Chris Thomson EKG and ECG are the exact same. There are two abbreviations for the word purely because of how the word breaks down in German, I believe. I myself am a former X-Ray technician and my wife's parents own a handful of urgent care clinics. In my time at the clinics I've heard it abbreviated both ways by several different physicians. I say EKG myself.
sugar mag (1 year ago)
Chris Thomson you're a complete dipshit.
Chris Thomson (1 year ago)
This was really badly handled
Noeltss (1 year ago)
Morgan Walz (4 months ago)
Noeltss of course they are, especially the tall black rescue guy, he was the most racist, trying to do his job, how dare he
Kankrii (1 year ago)
Nothing racist about making someone get medical care.
Alice Stevens (1 year ago)
This is absurd! You can't force an alert oriented patient to go to the hospital. Yes you can place someone on a "EOD/baker act/etc." (goes by different names in each state) but that's only if they're suicidal or homicidal. Being a dummy and ignoring your dysfunctional defibrillator is not suicidal. Those paramedics were wrong. Someone could be having a STEMI but if they're alert and oriented you CANNOT force them to go against their will. That's why the police officer was like 'there's no reason to baker act him'.
dylan krebs (6 months ago)
If he’s intoxicated or his judgement is altered to the point where he can’t make rational decisions yes they can. Sometimes you have to do what you need to do to make sure your patient gets the correct care, even if that means finding loop holes in the system. And if you go against the paramedics and your family members suggestion to go to the hospital, that’s not a rational decision.
Squidward Tortillini (1 year ago)
Rachel Kietzerow Are you in EMS? Because I am, and I'm telling you that you need EVIDENCE to take someone against their will.
Rachel Kietzerow (1 year ago)
Squidward Tortillini look at depression patients you can't tell. Look at phobias you hide them well. You can hide almost anything if you try hard enough.
Squidward Tortillini (1 year ago)
Rachel Kietzerow Then they would have symptoms that would show they were not alert and oriented. There were no symptoms
T voss (1 year ago)
Great paramedics
pol pol (2 months ago)
+Jordan Manuelito A DNR is also an exception.
Jordan Manuelito (3 months ago)
Patients A&O. Talking coherently in complete sentences with no reason to suspect he's altered or dangerous. Look him in the eye, give him medical advice, just explain you wanna check him out. All checks out, signed refusal and go. You can't and I'm surprised that places let you, but you also SHOULDN'T be able to force someone to a hospital. Unless under the influence, altered from whatever reason, or having any kind of mental disability.
smoney (4 months ago)
RaGe Deluxe Just because someone is intoxicated does not mean they are unable to refuse care. If someone is mentally incapable and don’t answer your questions appropriately then that’s the only information that you need. Med legal can be a grey area but when someone alert and oriented is saying I don’t want to go to the hospital it makes it pretty black and white.
RaGe Deluxe (6 months ago)
Squidward Tortillini EMT school teachers you nothing about that. It’s protocols set upon departments. Also if we truly believe that someone is mentally incapable, intoxicated, or having severe health issues and denying treatment we can get a court order for them going to the hospital and if the hospital doesn’t see anything they will be released but if they do then they must then enact on the issue on hand. I’m EMS we don’t want to do these things because the amount of paperwork that we have to do and these things can take hours upon hours doing. Every situation is different we are over worked and underpaid sincerely a paramedic
SupaEMT134 (1 year ago)
I'm amused that only the black people in this video require subtitles. Literally ROFL
Morgan Walz (4 months ago)
You’re honestly stupid
Not KevinBro (1 year ago)
SupaEMT134 oh no did i hurt your feelings sweetie? should i get you a cookie? will that make you feel better and help your precious little feelings return back to normal?
Not KevinBro (1 year ago)
SupaEMT134 well they're the ones without a mic so i mean
LittleDanny (1 year ago)
More people like this please
Bluey (1 year ago)

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