Emergency rooms expect spike in Christmas present related injuries

(Not humor)

From Fox13:

The most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most dangerous.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports in 2018 there were more than 166,000 toy related emergency department-treated injuries.

And in the 2017 holiday season, about 18,000 people were treated in Emergency Rooms due to holiday decorating-related injuries.

The Emergency Room Medical Director at St. Francis Bartlett said the two main contributing factors are knives and alcohol

ERs Overwhelmed by Life-Threatening, Wrapping Paper-Related Paper Cuts


From the GomerBlog:

What should be a Christmas morning filled with celebration and cheer has turned to horror and bloodshed: life-threatening wrapping paper-related paper cuts have sent millions of Americans to emergency departments, completely overwhelming the health care system this morning.

No deaths have been reported, but at least 20 million are listed in critical condition.

“No money, no problem”: Guaranteeing emergency care for all

From Stanford:

Today if anyone walks into Stanford Hospital’s Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department — or any other emergency department in the United States — they can receive emergency or stabilizing care, even if they have no money.

The law that guaranteed that access — the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) — passed in 1986. It prevented hospitals from turning away patients in emergencies or transferring unstable patients to other facilities if they couldn’t provide proof of payment.

But that legislation created new problems, problems that Stanford emergency physician Michael Bresler, MD, played a key role in resolving.