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Flu bug overwhelms local hospitals
Chicago Tribune ^ | January 8, 2013 | Patrick Svitek

Posted on 01/08/2013 11:21:58 AM PST by iowamark

Edited on 01/08/2013 11:27:56 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Seven Chicago-area hospitals have had to send ambulances elsewhere this morning as they deal with an influx of patients with flu-like symptoms.

As of 9:45 a.m., the hospitals remained on bypass status, which means their emergency rooms are at capacity and non-critical patients are being re-routed to other hospitals, said Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health...


(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News
KEYWORDS: chicago; flu; influenza

1 posted on 01/08/2013 11:22:08 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark; a fool in paradise
Another good reason not to patronize local hospitals.
2 posted on 01/08/2013 11:23:40 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: iowamark

Waiting for some “Flu-Virus-Laden Contrails” article to be posted... 10-9-8...


3 posted on 01/08/2013 11:30:31 AM PST by carriage_hill ("I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp.")
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To: carriage_hill

7-6-5-5-3-2-1 . . . OK; no article, but there ARE “Flu Virus Laden Contrails” up there . . . . maybe . . . . don’t make fun . . .


4 posted on 01/08/2013 11:36:58 AM PST by Twinkie (The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein. Ps. 24:1)
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To: Revolting cat!

Can you get salmonella poisoning from the Mayo Clinic?


5 posted on 01/08/2013 11:48:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: iowamark

"Hey, Barry, you wanna go practice your @#$% Cloward-Piven somewhere else?"


6 posted on 01/08/2013 11:53:59 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: iowamark

Took a patient into the hospital two ays ago and had to wait 45 minutes to get the patient off the Ambulance cot.

No beds.

That’s 45 minutes that others in the Community were without Ambulance service.

They had beds and recliners in the halls of the Emergency room filled up. Where I live there is no other hospital within 40 minutes ride. I would suppose even that hospiotal was full too.


7 posted on 01/08/2013 12:55:19 PM PST by Venturer
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To: iowamark

Didn’t Mooch get paid over $350K per year to send ambulances to other hospitals or am i thinking about another wookie?


8 posted on 01/08/2013 1:07:15 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: iowamark

Going to the hospital because of the flu? That’s the first problem.

In most cases, the flu merits nothing more than drinking plenty of fluids and rest at home while watching Days Of Our Lives or Judge Judy reruns.


9 posted on 01/08/2013 1:28:32 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

There are people with existing conditions who cannot withstand the dehydration that can come w/flu. I know a couple. One is only 47. They get the flu, they get dehydrated and they need IV fluids, fast or they can have serious repercussions, even death. One has already been in the hospital ICU once this season.


10 posted on 01/08/2013 3:04:15 PM PST by reformedliberal
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