This evening my wife dragged me away from my computer to watch a program on a local channel, Knowledge Network. I'm really glad she did. It's called Emergency Room: Life + Death at Vancouver General Hospital. Click through and you can watch all the episodes in the series; tonight's was the second. This is not some hospital soap opera: This is real healthcare workers and real patients, not all of whom pull through.
It makes me more grateful than ever to be living in a country with such a good healthcare system: surgeons, nurses, paramedics, plus a wonderful social worker linking the professionals to the patients' families...not to mention a "seizure dog" who is incredibly cool and an interpreter who can communicate with a deaf Iranian patient—and make her laugh.
My own ER experiences, in another hospital, have been for much less serious problems, but the treatment was just as good. Get out of here and go watch an episode or two.