June 19th, 2009
05:31 PM ET
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. jesnoon

    This should be unacceptable to the people of Chicago. It's not normal to get shot and die everyday! You citizens need to put your foot down and demand change! Every parent needs to step up to the plate and know where your child is and what they are up to. Children and young people demand more for your life do not accept this as a fact of life, respect yourself and your fellow man/woman/child. When the ER feels it's just a everyday occurance and are numb to the situation, that is really sad. If it were me and one of my loved ones died, I would be running through the streets yelling like a wild women for everyone to stop and grieve with me and for all those who have been killed without cause. What's it going to take Chicago for you to wake up!!!

    June 19, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  2. Jim,

    Sanjay – here are some statistics from 100 years ago, Please note- 90% of Doctors had NO Colledge education ,what is not listed is they made HOUSE calls back then. also note Marijuana,Cociane, Morphine,Heroin were prescribed over the Counter & Please pay special attention to the very last line Then tell me How many injuries 100 years ago were from gunshots?

    THE YEAR 1909

    This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
    The year is 1909. One hundred years ago.
    What a difference a century makes!
    Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :

    ************ ********* ********* ******

    The average life expectancy was 47 years.

    Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

    Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

    There were only 8,000 cars and only

    144 miles of paved roads.

    The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower

    The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.

    The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

    A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
    A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

    More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

    Ninety percent of all doctors had


    Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which

    Were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '

    Sugar cost four cents a pound.

    Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

    Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

    Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used

    Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

    Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from

    Entering into their country for any reason.

    Five leading causes of death were:

    1. Pneumonia and influenza
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Heart disease
    5. Stroke

    The American flag had 45 stars.

    The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

    Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea

    Hadn't been invented yet.

    There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

    Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

    Only 6 percent of all Americans had

    Graduated from high school.

    Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

    ( Shocking? DUH! )

    Eighteen percent of households had at least

    One full-time servant or domestic help.

    There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

    June 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Gun shot wounds, knife wounds, car crashes – -the variety an ER doctor and nurse must cope with each shift is amazing. Not every hospital is geared for trauma patients – so its important to know which hospital is the best in your area for these types of things so you go to the right one. Your chances of survival increase having the right mix of talent there to help you. I admire these ladies and gentlemen for all the work they do and all the lives they manage to save.

    June 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  4. Bindu

    Kudos to the people who work and save lives day after day. Not only ER but the trauma team are extraordinary as well.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  5. Mary

    Life in an ER is extremely unpredictable in Chi and anywhere else in the country; some are trauma-ready whereas others are not; it's very important for anyone to be aware of the closest hospital that specializes in particular disciplines (i.e. stroke, cardiovascular,peds). And, just as important is having a patient advocate to speak on your behalf who truly has your best interests at hand. The people who work in ER's are human just like everyone else. They are extraordinary individuals for the most part; specifically ER clinicians who have to specialize as a type of "jack of all trades" Kudos to all of them!

    June 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  6. Michele

    Sad Chicago has so many GSW.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  7. Nabil

    Hey Anderson, get a life and stop instigating hate within the Iranian people,
    When U.S media will stop meddling with other countries affair, that what is wrong America. Did you forgot Al-Gore 2000, this is the same this guy won Tehran but not the rest of the country, Al-Gore lost his home state and you media say Bush stole it…did Iran got involved with that election. Wake-up you and the whole CNN staff and mind your own country business.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm |