Nicholas Cage helps Patricia Arquette cope with the decline in her father's health. However, unable to watch how much her father suffers (he is brought back from cardiac arrest 15 times) Nicholas Cage finally ends the old man's misery by switching off the ventilator. The old man dies. Nicholas Cage consoles Patricia Arquette and the scene closes on both of them haven fallen alseep together in her apartment. We are led to understand that Nicholas Cage finally gets his a decent sleep.
Factual error: When Cy Coates is impaled on the terrace guardrail, we see a shot of various emergency vehicles in front of the building, including FDNY Rescue Company 4. Rescue 4 is the rescue company for the borough of Queens; the movie takes place in Manhattan, so Rescue 1 would have been the unit that responded.
Trivia: In the beginning scene where the crew responds to a cardiac arrest, they defibrillate (shock) the patient three times in under fifteen seconds. When the monitor appears on the screen his rhythm appears to be asystole, which the current (2015) guidelines state should not be shocked. The 2015 AHA guidelines also call for two minutes of compressions between shocks. One might think the writers made a mistake; however, the recommendation not to shock asystole only appeared as recently as 1992. The medics in Bringing Out the Dead would have learned to give three shocks in rapid succession and likely would have shocked asystole as a precaution because it can be hard to distinguish from fine ventricular fibrillation. The film is actually medically accurate considering it is set in the early 90s. (00:04:35)Anthony Petrillo
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