LI hospital boosts staff for New Year's spike in visits

New Year’s is one of the busiest times of the year for emergency rooms.

News 12 Staff

Jan 1, 2019, 4:31 PM

Updated 1,973 days ago

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New Year’s is one of the busiest times of the year for emergency rooms.
Doctors at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow say emergency room visits increase because of alcohol-related emergencies from New Year’s Eve.
The hospital increased staff overnight to prepare for the expected spike in patients.
Dr. Dean Olsen says they treated more people than usual for alcohol-related matters, including intoxication, injuries from car crashes, assaults and more. One person was also hit by a train.
“Last night was a very busy night," Olsen says. "New Year’s Eve is typically very busy. Between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. is when most people are on the road and unfortunately there’s a higher ratio of people on the road that are intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.”
Hospital officials say two to three more people die in alcohol-related incidents in the days around New Year’s compared to the rest of the year.
 


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