Busiest Time For The ER - page 3

This is a completely random question coming from someone who's not even in nursing school yet so forgive me if this is a dumb question. I've just always wondered this. What is the busiest time in the ER? I heard that Mondays... Read More

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    In my ER, the busy time is on a Saturday night, around 0300, when the clubs close.

    That's when we get most of our traumas, either GSW, stab victim, MVA with ETOH on board, or assault. And the stories are always involving "these two dudes", that witch (replace the w with a b) or "I was minding my own business....."

    Gotta love the ER!
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    I'd agree with Altra's assessment: we're always busy, but things go in cycles.

    * Winter sees lots of falls (and their ugly siblings, falls on anticoagulants), respiratory crud of all descriptions, infectious disease (two big subgroups there: flu, RSV and other respiratory bugs, and rotavirus and other GI bugs), and cardiac workups (holiday hearts, snow-shoveling ACS, etc).
    * In spring we get a lot of asthma exacerbation and exercise-related injury (people trying to go from couch to workout warrior overnight). SNF/ECF traffic seems to spike up in spring, too - not sure why.
    * Summer is trauma and assault season, and Altra is absolutely right about both parental holidays being associated with home improvement mishaps. ("Honey, look what I built you for Mother's Day!" *crash*)
    * Fall tends to look like spring, with the added fun of party traffic. (Many of the predominant ethnic groups in this area tend to hold weddings and family reunions in fall, which are always good for at least one guest developing ACS, syncope, and/or gastro.)
    * Sporting events bring the business year-round. (Someone's always playing somewhere: Tigers, Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, U of M, MSU...)
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    Mondays, especially our Trauma Mondays are the craziest! (We share trauma with another hospital in our city every other day.) Anyway, I've never had a Monday when i wasn't fully loaded with patients. However, last monday, a trauma monday, i had a 3 minute stint where I had ZERO patients. it was the most amazing 3 minutes i had ever experienced in my life.
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    Quote from murphyle
    I'd agree with Altra's assessment: we're always busy, but things go in cycles.

    * Winter sees lots of falls (and their ugly siblings, falls on anticoagulants), respiratory crud of all descriptions, infectious disease (two big subgroups there: flu, RSV and other respiratory bugs, and rotavirus and other GI bugs), and cardiac workups (holiday hearts, snow-shoveling ACS, etc).
    * In spring we get a lot of asthma exacerbation and exercise-related injury (people trying to go from couch to workout warrior overnight). SNF/ECF traffic seems to spike up in spring, too - not sure why.
    * Summer is trauma and assault season, and Altra is absolutely right about both parental holidays being associated with home improvement mishaps. ("Honey, look what I built you for Mother's Day!" *crash*)
    * Fall tends to look like spring, with the added fun of party traffic. (Many of the predominant ethnic groups in this area tend to hold weddings and family reunions in fall, which are always good for at least one guest developing ACS, syncope, and/or gastro.)
    * Sporting events bring the business year-round. (Someone's always playing somewhere: Tigers, Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, U of M, MSU...)

    I'm betting its safe to assume you're a fellow michigander LOL, I worked downtown in the ER @ HF and agree that lineage are worst, especially the first Monday of the month when everyone gets their SSI checks etc, full moons are bad, Halloween, new years eve and 4th of July are bad but the result of the holidays tend to be boring, but the days after them are hellish!

    BeLLaRN
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    In my ER, generally Mondays and the day after a holiday are always insanely busy. That and bloody Cheyenne Frontier Days; that some genius thought making 10 whole days would be a splendid idea!


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