The universal way for a character to enter a hospital is to have the injured character on a gurney
, being pulled down a long corridor into an operating room, with assorted doctors and friends surrounding him. This whole thing is often accompanied by a POV Shot
of our character looking up at a doctor.
When the place the gurney is headed is more sinister, our character may be strapped to the gurney to struggle
Anime and Manga
Live Action TV
- Happens to Linda Royce in Cherry Ames: Student Nurse by Helen Wells.
- Played straight in practically every episode of just about every Medical Drama ever, but most notably in ER.
- Surprisingly averted most of the time, however, on Scrubs, where only a small fraction of onscreen cases are incoming emergencies (ER duty is considered stressful but tediously undramatic work for the on-call doctors, and is barely ever shown).
- Parodied in 3rd Rock from the Sun. The aliens impersonate doctors, following patients being escorted in gurneys and saying random medical jargon, and switch to a different gurney during the scene.
- Also parodied on Saturday Night Live, which had a team of medical personnel rushing a gurney down the hall of a hospital, going through door after door after door. . .
- Monday Mornings: ER cases often gets this treatment, sometimes overly dramatic (e.g. Dr. Napur stimulates a patient's heart while sitting on top of her), but at times it's toned down. Most patients on this show were not emergencies.
- Brothers and Sisters:
- When Rob has his heart attack.
- In season one, when Justin overdoses.
- Frequently happens in The Bill.
- There was an advertisement for some...financial investing company, I believe, that featured a man being rolled on a gurney (camera angle taking the man's point of view). His ailment? He had money coming out the wazoo. "Unless you have this problem," says the ad, "you might want to consider investing with us."
- Used in the Firefly episode Ariel.
- Curiously, they do this with a pair of (fake) corpses who were supposedly dead on arrival. The fact that they're making such a fuss over nothing (it's not like they're going to get more dead) earns them a few weird looks from hospital staff.
- A variant of this occurred in the Farscape episode "Prayer," in which Aeryn is wheeled down a corridor on a gurney that doubles as her own torture harness. For good measure, the Battle Axe Nurse and the Scarran captain are talking animatedly about dissecting her unborn child, while Aeryn is howling at them to get her the frell out of there.
- Played straight and played with in Bones, as Booth is being wheeled into surgery. However, the doctor he's looking imploringly at is Brennan...
- Amusingly done in one of Friends's flashbacks, when Monica accidentally cuts off Chandler's toe with a dropped kitchen knife. The doctors crash him through the swing doors feet first.
- Played for laughs on the agriculture episode of History Bites. From the patient's POV, Teresa Pavlinek's doctor character gets the assessment of the patient's condition and calls for a trepanning. Every time, thanks to the extremely crude state of medicine.
- Perfectly executed in The West Wing episode "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen", first with President Bartlett, then with Josh.
- Done in Castle at the start of Rise, though Beckett is out.
- Played With in an episode of Babylon 5, when Doctor Franklin is stabbed trying to help someone. We later see him being rolled into Medlab on a gurney by medical staff, with a POV shot from him looking up to see the rest of the B5 command staff pushing the gurney along and looking down at him (another hallucination, as the command staff had yet to return to the station from the space battle that took up the episode's A Plot).
- Happens in The Wrong Mans when in an effort to find Mister Stevens, Sam pretends to be a patient, and Phil a doctor pushing him along. It goes inevitably wrong; two gurneys get accidentally swapped. When Phil finds out that as a result, Sam is going to get his leg amputated, a mad rush ensues when Phil and his new patient try to get to the operating table in time.
- There's a music video that uses environments from Silent Hill 4 and features Henry being wheeled down a long corridor.
- It's also a part of the opening of Silent Hill: Homecoming, almost certainly homage to the one in the above-mentioned Jacob's Ladder.
- Used straight at the beginning of Second Sight.
- In Mass Effect 3, when the Normandy first arrives on the Citadel, Ashley/Kaidan gets this treatment, being rushed to the ER after being critically injured at the climax of the Mars mission.
- Played for laughs in Nightmare Ned as an arcade puzzle where you have to dodge insane, swirly-eyed doctors trying to grab Ned to extract his organs. The amount of times they succeed determines how many need to be replaced in the next puzzle (up to 8)