Baghdad ER

If you don’t get HBO, you should, just to see this documentary.

 Baghdad ER is an HBO documentary, filming (a few) of the soldiers, Iraqis (and one Marine) who come through the Army’s 86th Combat Support Hospital in the Green Zone of Baghdad.  It’s not to be missed.

First off, as an EM doc, I have absolutely no quibbles with the medical care shown.  None.  (You say: well, sure, you spent time in the military medical system, of course you’d say that.  You couldn’t be more wrong.  This is an Army Hospital, and I was in the Navy: there’s a friendly rivalry, to be polite.)  I was very very pleased at the level of care shown.  It didn’t, frankly, look any different than the care in any stateside hospital I’ve been in (except not enough use of emergency sonography is shown, but who knows if sonos were there and just not shown).

Second, this is a film for those who support the war and those who don’t.  It’s just a good study of America’s all-volunteer military, and their all-volunteer healthcare providers.  It’s neither pro- nor anti-war, and for this sort of film that’s all the balance you can hope for.  Frankly, I found it a lot more even-handed than I expected.

Lastly, I’m very proud of my profession as it’s being practiced in Iraq by the US Army.  This shows the US military as they are: individuals putting themselves out for each other.  Wonderful.

Oh, and I was literally moved to tears, and I’m not easily emotional.  I found myself wishing, briefly, I was back in uniform caring for the troops.

 Highly recommended.



  1. Alas, I was only able to watch the last 10 minutes on Sunday…which was just enough to want to watch the whole darn thing.

    I knew it was on but couldn’t get to a television with HBO in time.

    I will, however, be sure to check it out.

  2. I was completely and totally in awe while watching that documentary. In fact, I called my parents to tell them to turn it on. And I was also moved to tears! I’m so grateful for the men and women in uniform – giving of their lives to protect this great nation. Really a wonderful documentary.