Sunday 20/11/11 BBC2 at 9pm-Frontline Medicine

Hat's off to them all for the marvelous work they all do.

A new two-part TV series starts this weekend about front line medicine and looks at how UK military medics in Afghanistan have achieved the highest survival rate of casualties in the history of warfare.

A casualty arrives at the main hospital in Camp Bastion
[Picture: Copyright BBC 2011]

The programme, to be aired on BBC2 on Sunday night, is presented by award-winning journalist and former doctor Michael Mosley.

It looks at how war accelerates medical research, how the current conflict in Afghanistan is contributing to the future of medicine and how these developments enhance medical care.
Ministry of Defence | Defence News | People In Defence | TV programme showcases military medics' work in Helmand


Book Reviewer
here y'go...

Frontline Medicine

Sun 20 Nov and Sun 27 Nov @ 2100 on BBC2

Make sure you don’t miss this new two-part series starting at 2100 on Sunday 20 November on BBC2 and concluding at the same time on Sunday 27 November. Presenter Michael Mosley goes from the frontline of war to the frontline of research to uncover the medical breakthroughs that are emerging from current conflicts.

The first episode takes Michael to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan to find out how medics are achieving the highest survival rate of injured Service Personnel in the history of warfare.

Michael discovers how new equipment being issued to the troops, like the one-handed tourniquet, is saving lives in the critical 10 minutes after injury. He also learns how advances in surgery and changes to blood transfusions developed out in Afghanistan are being applied both on and off the battlefield.

In episode two Michael travels to America to look at the latest radical ideas that have the potential to raise the bar of what’s survivable even further – from using the hormone progesterone to treat brain injury to trying to keep people alive by cooling them to the brink of death.
The filming in Role 3 took place during Herrick 14, if you know people who were on that tour - they may wish to tune in to Episode 1 - Survival

Linked press article at Michael Mosley on the medical lessons learnt in Afghanistan and how they can help improve physical-injury care in Britain | Mail Online

( oooh get him and his intra-osseous perfusion then....)

Episode 1 will be of interest to wider Service audience apart from Medical perss.

Episode 2 is more focussed on leading edge medical advances. Will also go out in US via BBC WORLD channel over there.


Book Reviewer
Don't worry VB are nowhere to be seen !

35 hours of footage boiled down to 60 minutes for Episode 1.
Anybody remember the the SSVC production 'Army Medicine in Vietnam' when serving in the 80s ? it always used to be the first thing on first aid / combat med tech courses.

I wonder if they still show it?
just starting - very interesting programme
Well impressed with the med stuff. But why the hell was a medic wearing a Para helmet on the MERT. Sod that, Mk 7 all the way.
What a ******* incredible watch. Hat is off, and doffed in a respectful manner. I feel that next week may be a "harder watch", there but for the grace of god etc........
Rare to see the presenter bubbling up as well,looks like the injured & the scale at which they were coming in really got to him.If anyone finds this on You Tube,can you let me know as I have a friend who's a US Army reservist medic & she was asking about it.


Book Reviewer
#12's due to go out over there too....BBC World...tx date not yet known...
Facinating watch - but why did the presenter go to the US rather than Headley Court? Is it to appeal to an American audience?


Book Reviewer
It just happened that the two Coalition VSIs who came in while they were filming were USMC.....and they wanted to follow up their progress in US, where they were also due to film a lot of stuff which appears in Episode 2 ( In Walter Reed/Bethesda, Pittsburgh and MIT for example) . They were keen to film some of our people - but timelines didn't work.

Be advised, I understand next week is pretty much entirely non-tactical medical advance helos, no dusty vehicles and hardly a mtp uniform in sight .....still worth a look though !
Facinating watch - but why did the presenter go to the US rather than Headley Court? Is it to appeal to an American audience?
I think you have missed the point here, He went where there are potential breakthroughs being made. Does it really matter where, it could have been anywhere in the world. He was trying to show how these breakthroughs are made, the fact that combat injuries ensure that medical practice changes in "normal" civvi life.


Book Reviewer
You tell me ? As it happened , the filming took place on the watch of the a largely Naval medical group in theatre......and the lad from RSOI has already been crated :)
Fascinating programme I thought. Just a thought though............ the scene where Mr M spilled a few tears for the young lad who had the injury which Spike refers to in his earlier post. Mr. M remarks that the lad is the same age as his son. Is there a counselling amenity offered to medics of all grades? There's quite an emotional demand placed on them. God bless them all.


Book Reviewer
Yes....ViroBono can give you chapter and verse - but the emotional load on the staff is well recognised - IIRC, two Community Psychiatric Nurses s and a (Major?) psych are attached to each deploying medical group.

A lot of the senior Consultants/Surgeons etc do repeat 3 month tours rather than the standard 6 months straight . The USN contingent were there for a year I think.
Excellent programme. Must be horendous to work there, hope they get well looked afterwards after all the demands put on them.

The bit with cooling the body right down near the end was facinating. It will be interesting what future developments start to go both ways from military to civil and vice versa.

Similar threads

Latest Threads