HCA Midwest Health - October 20, 2017

I read that there is a spike in emergency room visits on Halloween. If hospitals really care about the community, shouldn’t they use that knowledge to advise us on how to stay safe?

Our Response

Halloween is supposed to be fun for the whole family. No one wants to spend it in the emergency room. But there are dangers around the holiday that could easily land you or your child there. According to 2007-2013 data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, Halloween had the fifth-highest number of emergency room visits involving children aged 18 years and younger. Between the excitement of pumpkins, treats and parties, it’s especially important for everyone to work together to stay safe, even in the weeks leading up to Halloween.

Common injuries emergency room specialists see throughout the entire month of October related to Halloween include fires, deep cuts and falls. Pumpkin carving is especially dangerous if not done carefully, accounting for 40% of lacerations treated. We’ve put together a guide to Halloween safety to help you and your loved ones avoid unexpected trips to the emergency room this season.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking that kids are the only ones who need emergency care around the holiday. There are still many holiday-related mistakes to go around for celebrants of all ages. Whether you’ve tripped over your costume or have eaten too much candy, keep these rules mind:

  1. If the illness or injury does not appear to be life threatening, but also cannot be treated the next day at a doctor’s, visit an urgent care.
  2. If you believe a medical condition is life threatening or could cause permanent disability, head to the emergency room immediately.

Avoiding treatment can prolong recovery and avoid unnecessary complications. Check out these guidelines to help you decide which option makes the most sense for your medical needs.

Hospitals and doctor’s offices can be scary places for many adults, and even more so for children – and not just on Halloween! We know that not only do our patients not feel well when they arrive, they are faced with unfamiliar people, machines, and processes. With 8urgent care centers and 10 pediatric-ready emergency rooms with the shortest ER wait times in the Kansas City area, HCA Midwest Health keeps care close to home, giving you peace of mind.

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