Episode 1: "Under Pressure"

Dr. Chansky, Chief of Emergency Medicine, gives us the lay of the land and provides insight into the large variety of patients that enter the ED each day. He visits with a pregnant woman who was in a car accident and a woman experiencing severe abdominal pain. We are also introduced to Mr. Lei, who walked himself into the emergency department after experiencing chest pains.

Cooper ERThe emergency department (ED) at Cooper University Hospital provides treatment to patients with a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, some of which may be life-threatening and requiring immediate attention. With an annual census of exceeding 60,000 patients, of which 26% are pediatric, our ED is one of the busiest in the state. In addition, over 20% of ED patients are triaged as a level 1 or 2 and approximately 25% are admitted to the hospital, making our emergency department acuity high relative to other sites.

Our emergency department provides patients with 24/7 access to specialists in cardiology, surgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, opthalmology, urology and pediatrics in addition to social service assistance, lab services, medical imaging and cardiopulmonary services.

Fast Track Services - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A dedicated emergency center designed to provide rapid service for patients with minor illnesses and injuries. Sore throat, fever, cold symptoms, sprains and minor lacerations need prompt attention. Our emergency department's team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents and technicians ensure expedited, thorough care, putting the patient on the road to recovery quickly.

Key Features

Cooper ER"Behind the Medicine" is a dramatic five-part web mini-series documenting 12-hours in the busiest Emergency Department (ED) in South Jersey to demystify the care that we provide each and every day. It provides viewers a glimpse of the inner-workings of the ED, featuring patients and the care they receive from doctors, nurses and support staff at Cooper.

"Behind the Medicine" was filmed on location at Cooper University Hospital on Tuesday, February 15, 2011.

Just a decade ago, 25,000 patients were treated in Cooper’s emergency department. In 2011, the physicians, nurses and medical personnel in the ED will see more than 65,000 patients. Each webisode features various patients that were filmed during one 12-hour shift. The episodes take a firsthand look at how patients enter the ED, treatment while they are there, and brings to the forefront many everyday challenges that are seen throughout the country in urban emergency departments.

From implementing a Fast Track area to increase “through-put” of less serious patients, to working with social work teams to address the problems of super utilizers, this documentary touches on important national healthcare issues for which Cooper is creating initiatives and becoming a model for ED’s in the U.S.