Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Chicago Med" episode explores the "parental" ethics of the vaccine debate, bluntly


Chicago Med” on NBC, judging from tonight’s episode, “Intervention”, seems to be a lively expose on the risks of working as a resident or admitting physician in any major hospital.
 
In an early scene, surgeons are removing most of the chest skin from a male patient with flesh-eating bacteria.  It’s gross.  It had started as a pimple.  An older admitting doctor gets called on a missed diagnosis.

Then another patient on an LVAC pump for a bad heart wants it out, and the surgery would amount to assisted suicide.  He can’t stand the pain.  And a transplant is too far down the list.

Then a young physician dispenses the wrong antibiotic by a simple mistake, and his nurse sister wants to write him up.



But the biggest part of the drama concerns the discipline of a young doctor Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss). Apparently an earlier case had resulted in litigation, but Halstead insists on expressing his opinions, to the consternation of supervisor Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkeson).  A child comes in with a contagious bacterial infection, apparently a meningitis.  Later, a teacher at the school gets it and needs a tracheotomy, on camera.  It seems that the disease can be prevented by vaccination, and the earlier litigation has to do with the supposed side effects of a vaccine (which are probably bogus – ironically a theme of “X-Files” Monday night). Will accuses the parents who oppose vaccines as living off the risks taken by parents who do get their kids vaccinated, the whole moral dilemma resembling conscription.

The official site is here.

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