Emergency departments see some unique presentations over the festive period
- By: James Rees, Gareth Grier
The Christmas holiday period is a time for festivities, family, and fun. But amid the jollity, hospitals will witness a rise in illnesses and injuries1, resulting not only from the celebrations but also the wintry conditions.
The whole atmosphere of the UK changes at Christmas—families and friends light up their houses, cook feasts, shop for presents, and sledge if there is snow. Although most people come to no harm, all these activities involve some risks and in rare cases can result in trips to hospital emergency departments.
Clustered in staff rooms on breaks, doctors and nurses share stories about the patients they have seen and it is inevitably the unusual or touching cases that stick in our memories. Here are a few.
While putting up decorations on the roof of his house, a man lost his balance, fell off his ladder, and was brought to the emergency department. He