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I am going to compare and contrast the representation of medical personnel and the portrayal of emergency medicine in 'Casualty' and 'ER'.

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English Essay Media I am going to compare and contrast the representation of medical personnel and the portrayal of emergency medicine in 'Casualty' and 'ER'. The staffs in both 'Casualty' and 'ER' are rushed and under pressure to treat the patient and move on to the next. This seems to be achieved more successfully in 'ER' than 'Casualty' because in 'Casualty' patients waited up to 10 hours to be treated and during that time they were left on trolleys in the corridors due to a lack of beds in wards and a virus outbreak which increased the amount of patients. Also there is a staff shortage in 'Casualty' and they rely heavily on hired agency staff and existing staff doing overtime which makes them more tired and less aware so therefore prone to accidents and mistakes. The staff in 'Casualty' however seem to be more calm than staff in 'ER' because they don't rush around like the staff in 'ER'. ...read more.

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The receptionist in 'ER' is nearly the complete opposite. He is a middle aged fat man who wears 'scrubs' and is very serious. The hospital in 'ER' is much larger than the one in 'Casualty' and so would have more supplies and facilities on site. In America they pay health insurance so the hospitals get more money than in England where we have the NHS which is a portrayed as under funded and the reason why the health service is poor and has long waiting times. Even though the hospital in 'ER' is larger and has more facilities it also has to cover more people so they are still under pressure and have to wait to use more hi-tech facilities such as the scanner. The most common camera shot used in 'ER' and 'Casualty' is mid shot (MS). This gives the viewer the image of what the hospital looks like and how crowded or not it is. ...read more.

Conclusion

'Casualty however uses fewer sound effects because it has lower production values and can't afford to spend money on sound effects like 'ER' does but instead use ambient sounds to create reality such as people talking on the phone. There are more visual effects like close up cuts and gashes used in 'Casualty' which create a sense of realism whereas 'ER' seem to have less. The dialogue used in 'ER' gives the impression that the staff are rushed and irritated. They shout lots to be heard and sound quite angry sometimes. Other times however they are caring and gentle which shows doctors care and aren't all heartless. 'Casualty has dialogue that makes the staff sound less rushed but more irritated, maybe due to the lack of funds for the hospital which hampers their job. They often sound surprised as well when they are told a patient will have to wait for long periods for treatment. This sometimes turns to anger and again shows the caring side of medical staff. Both 'ER' and 'Casualty' use specific technical jargon to add realism to the drama such as 'CT scan' and 'Catheter'. ...read more.

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