"Code Black" TV Show Depicts "Real Life" Emergency Medicine

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Actors Marcia Gay Harden and Luis Guzman join The Doctors to talk about Code Black, their new show premiering on CBS about the life-changing decisions made in a chaotic emergency room at a teaching hospital.

Ryan McGarry, who is an emergency room doctor, is the executive producer, and the show is inspired by a documentary he produced, which also was titled Code Black.

Dr. McGarry explains that code black is a term that some hospitals use to mean internal disaster, when there's so many patients and so few resources that the situation becomes hard to control.

"It pulls a curtain back on what life is truly like in an emergency department in this country," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "It's chaos."

Dr. Travis tests Luis' and Marcia's knowledge of emergency medicine.

In addition to her role as residency director on the show, Marcia explains that she's involved in the What is Brain Health initiative to educate people about how to take care of their most complex organ as they age.