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January 8, 2013
CBS Chicago reports
that some local hospitals are turning away emergency room patients
because they are flooded with patients who come in sickened by
The station reports University of Chicago,
Northwestern and Swedish Covenant were among eight Chicago area
hospitals directing ambulances elsewhere because they were treating so
many patients with the flu. Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn,
Ill., lifted its ambulance bypass order at 9 p.m. on Monday.
"We aren't seeing very sick people. We're just seeing more sick people,"
Mary Alice Lavin, director of infection, prevention and control with
Rush University Medical Center, told CBS Chicago. "The viruses that were
included in the vaccine this year are the ones that are circulating
this year but studies have shown that the vaccine is only effective in
60 percent of people."
In Illinois alone, 147 people have been admitted to intensive care units
at hospitals, six of whom have died, Illinois Public Health Director
Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck told CBS Chicago.
Full Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57562846/flu-influx-causes-chicago-hospitals-to-turn-away-patients/