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Doctor describes what it’s like to work for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

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In a most illuminating interview, Prof. Richard S. Hale—the director of training at the American Academy of Pediatrics and a pediatric trauma surgeon—explains the challenges faced by the pediatric emergency medical services (EMTs) who run Hollywood’s children’s hospitals during the annual Academy Awards.

In a new piece in the Los Angeles Times, Stephen Breen, a public-health expert and chief of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, provides the important background information on helping these brave and dedicated medical professionals, but the story really belongs to Hale, whose research and account of what happened to him in 1974 at the time of the Oscars speaks volumes.

Since then, these dedicated doctors and nurses have built the pediatric emergency services out of practices perfected at the trauma and burn centers—being small enough to respond in three minutes to an emergency, strong enough to withstand the outside pressure of Hollywood, able to get multiple on-the-spot services to the hospital at once and, perhaps most important, being able to withstand the relentless media frenzy that comes with just being an EMTS.

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