We talk about the safest and worst hospitals in Illinois. And, why Chicago's hospitals are some the lowest ranked. And, we look at tips for avoiding skin cancer this summer. Later, we look at the efforts to keep the Chicago River clean.
Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as hospitals increasingly require employees to get flu shots, with some losing their jobs if they refusal.
Illinois health officials have kicked off a campaign to fight the spread of the deadly bacteria C-diff in hospitals and other health facilities.C-diff is the short name for Clostridium difficile. Some infected patients suffer mild diarrhea, but others can develop more severe condition and die.
Chicago is served by six trauma centers sprinkled around the city and nearby suburbs – but none is on the city’s South Side. In our second installment of our series on trauma care in Chicago, we look at why adult Level I care centers were pulled from an entire swath of the city.
In our first of three stories on trauma care in Chicago, we learn that Level I trauma centers are not spread equally across the city. Some Chicagoans claim this trauma center layout leaves their neighborhoods vulnerable.