Real Doctor Reacts to CODE BLACK | Medical Drama Review | Doctor Mike

Next up on the medical drama review series is Code Black. Funny story about this show. For some reason, the YouTube algorithm labeled your comments …


  1. Most definitely, the key to physical contact with someone else when it's not critically necessary to save a life (sometimes even when it is, depending) is permission/request. Particularly in stressful circumstances, my first response to a doctor/nurse/other healthcare professional who offered me a hug or asked if they could hug me would not be to assume they planned to be inappropriate—and that's coming from someone who generally finds contact with others awkward. And if the patient asks for a hug, to provide one is simply to provide care, which is in no way the wrong thing to do; not all healthcare is about machines and pills.

  2. This is probably a stupid question but, when a doctor is calling the time of death do they still use military time or do you use regular time? I saw it on greys anatomy and was just wondering.

  3. Mike you missed the fact that family members of organ donors are not usually given access to organ recipients, especially not immediately after the procedure. In some cases contact can be made at later date, and in person meetings might be arranged if both parties agree to it. Thanks for the great videos!

  4. Okay, 1. You put your face over Mario's. That's hilarious. Nice job.

    2. You could review the entirety of the show. I'd definitely watch it. It's great. If you don't want to go write that far, then you should review season 1, episodes 3, 5, 14, and 15. There's also season 2, episodes 5, 7, 9, 12, and 13; as well as season 3, episodes 2, 5, and 7. (I just started season 3, episode 8.) Only if you want to, of course!

    3. If enough time goes by without anyone asking you to review this show, you should watch it all the way through. You could also pre-record reactions and put them up when that episode is asked for. So you don't watch the show out of order.

  5. Every time I watch these reaction videos I always tear up. Just imagining what you have to know, and what you have to do in such a short amount of time, and what you’ve been through is just unfathomable to me.

  6. As a current ER doctor and former paramedic, my biggest problem with this, and many other medical shows, was the fact that they glamorized the idea of reckless practice among medical professionals. An ER intern performing an unsupervised C-section in the back of an ambulance for a patient with carbon monoxide poisoning is absurd. This would only happen outside of the OR if the patient was actively coding. The mother needed hyperbaric treatment, NOT imminent delivery, even if the infant was in distress. The risks associated with a C-section in unskilled hands in a non-sterile field is exceptionally high for both mother and child. Perimortem C-section is even a conditional recommendation due to these risks. I also believe that in a later episode two interns performed a bilateral bedside thoracotomy for a patient who ultimately did not require a thoracotomy before even notifying an attending. This would NEVER happen. The resident explained it with a quote along the lines of "it's easier to ask forgiveness than for permission" as if this completely excuses reckless practice patterns. Litigation is a very real risk in our line of work and not following standard of care, especially as an intern/resident would be met with dire consequences for all those involved and these residents, would most likely have lost their residency positions, if not licenses. Obviously, watching an intern fumble through a complete presentation given to their senior resident and then to their attending would have made for much less riveting television, however, I still worry about this show giving the public the impression that doctors are these rogue cowboys who act on gut instinct rather than protocol. I would hope that Hollywood producers might consider writing slightly more professionalism into their physician characters.

  7. I'm still sort of new to your content, but I already love it! I admire how you can be so realistic and compassionate at the same time. You have inspired me, so keep up the good work and continue to inspire others as well. 😄

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