Miracles, Troubles, Horses: ‘This Isn’t Just a Medical Documentary’

Vlogs contain Dr. Presented by Carola Holzner. As “Doc Caro”, the emergency doctor has been involved in education, especially since the beginning of the Corona pandemic. Radio and TV broadcasting and specialized medical events are part of her daily work. Cameras have also been an integral part of her working life for about a year. Holzner signed an exclusive contract with the TV station Sat.1 – several formats were planned, including the new “Doc Caro – Einsatz mit Herz”, a series of self-portraits for a year: professionally in a clinic, in a rescue helicopter and as an emergency doctor In the ground rescue service. “But I was not only accompanied professionally,” Holzner explains in an interview with DWDL.de. Moments with her friends or with her horses should also bring the viewer closer to Carola Holzner’s own.

“It was important for us to show the people behind the doctor,” Holzner says of her programme, which was featured by Spin TV. The result is a series of reports that are “fresh” in nature, Holzner says, and at the same time promise nothing less than “extremely emotional” images. Clinic and Blue Light documentaries are generally nothing new, and they’ve also been seen since the critically acclaimed Joko and Klaas, which documented the nurse’s transformation completely and ad-free. For example, Kabel Eins presented a documentary about the clinic under the rather simple name “Die Klinik” until 2021. Another season, the presenter has now confirmed to DWDL.de, but it should not be there. In the spring of 2021 — perhaps also out of pandemic boredom — the average “doctors, assistants and diagnosticians” there collapsed to about three and a half percent in the target group.

However, “Doc Caro” is not just a documentary about the clinic. “I was initially critical when the idea of ​​wanting to be escorted out of the emergency room came up,” Holzner recalls. “I hardly watch TV myself, and when I watch hospital formats or documentaries about emergency services, I can’t get out of my skin. I’m a doctor, so I always check everything to make sure it’s right.” Because she had received promises that this documentary would be different, the idea behind the format “was really appealing to her.” Doc Caro doesn’t want to do “erotic press” about life and death – but the other way around, as the doctor prescribes.

Capture reality with pictures

“We show the stories of the patients, the normal problems in the day-to-day work, my problems as a doctor. I am so happy that we were able to portray reality in the pictures.” There are people to see “who we couldn’t save,” but Holzner also announces “hopeful stories” for the next six Thursdays at 8:15 p.m. Saturday 1. Even stories that say “the limit of a miracle” should be included. Holzner described it as “an absolute vote of confidence from the announcer and production that you have shown me and my work is fraud-free. We have all been fully engaged.”

As an introduction, Saturday 1 chose a somewhat unusual combination. The regular first episode of “Doc Caro” will only be available next Thursday. This week, there are actually scenes from “Doc Caro” to be seen, but within “Sat 1 Spezial,” which also accompanies these images in conversation. After that, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, among others, will speak in the studio. It’s important to talk clearly about topics “that matter to all of us,” Holzner says. And if we can use the beginning of the documentary for this, all the better. In her view, not many know “what actually drives us to the limit in healthcare”. Why, for example, would the emergency services themselves suffer or why the #ichrettedeinleben petition is about more than just school lessons in resuscitation. The hadith is therefore a forum for important social and political issues. “I hope we can clarify a little bit, and create transparency and understanding,” Holzner tells DWDL.de. After the broadcast, she hopes the health minister is not alone in making it clear that the problem is “not just a shortage of nursing staff”.

It wouldn’t have taken a pandemic to finally focus on healthcare. Carola Holzner

Anyway, Holzner has, let’s call it stomach ache, with the way care and healthcare are talked about. “It wouldn’t have taken a pandemic to finally focus on the health care system,” says the doctor. “It’s such a shame that it’s often portrayed as if the pandemic was the reason we finally got so appreciative. I’m against that.” No one would have listened when grievances were pointed out, she said, citing “residents who have been exploited to the point of physical exhaustion” as an example. “The lack of care was particularly noticeable due to the epidemic, but it was there before. It’s important to draw attention to it. And yes, media attention has helped. After all, problems are now being talked about. You can” emphasizes Holzner, who – she says – She was never interested in taking care of her person.

This is also part of the depicted reality, and it even brought problems with it. “From colleagues who can’t do anything with it, to threats and insults,” the doctor says. Holzner was and is present in many ways – not just in Sat.1. However, she still has time to experience “the versatility of medicine,” explains Holzner, who travels with her horses for her downtime. “Doc Caro” should only be the beginning of cooperation with Sat.1. However, she does not want to comment on other projects in detail. “But I won’t say much when I say that I keep following my character: speaking in plain language and helping people somehow. Always in person, always at eye level.”

“Doc Caro” kicks off Thursday with the first scenes that will be shown as part of “Sat 1 Spezial.” Five episodes of the Report series will then be broadcast on Saturday 1 on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. October 6.

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