When the doctors at Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Chicago hear that yet another shooting victim is on the way to the emergency room, they don’t wait to find out their name.
The hospital — which sees its caseload rise and fall with the tide of crime on the city’s bullet-riddled South Side — assigns each trauma patient an alias in alphabetical order.
Once an Alan Doe, Barbara Doe or Charles Doe is registered in the system, the staff can start ordering the tests and units of blood that may be needed to save their life.
“On a good night,” Dr. James Doherty said with a touch of gallows humor, “you could maybe get through the whole alphabet.”
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