After seeing the second episode, I've finally got round to seeing the first hour of Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH. No hospital drama can remotely compare with it. And few documentaries have ever explored the caregivers' personalities as deeply as this one. If you're in the healthcare professions, or ever have been (Mike Coston, I'm looking at you), you'll really appreciate these amazing people.
Caution for the rest of you: The first episode, "No Typical Day," starts with a patient arriving at VGH with a knife still embedded in his chest, and you'll see it in closeup. You'll also see why ER staff wear faceplates as well as masks, and what happens when they don't.
But I hope you'll also realize that if a small province of a small country like Canada can put such amazing people to work saving lives, we should all be doing at least this well.