I know someone who does actually work at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL
. She is a social worker and she is usually on the night shift, doing psychiatric intake. She said it's nothing like what is depicted on ER
-- that ER
exaggerates the number of unusual cases coming in to a major metropolitan emergency room. Also, in the beginning at least, ER
grossly exaggerated the number of "crashed/crashing" individuals who were successfully resuscitated. CPR
usually saves, at most, 10% of individuals in cardiac arrest, even on a good day.