June 24, 2019
In addition to common ED visits such as chest pain, abdominal pain and fever, ED Physician Jon Garlovsky, D.O. sees a spike in visits during Fourth of July weekend.
Here’s his Top 5 list of reasons people end up in the emergency department, along with prevention tips.
“With fireworks, the most serious injuries always seem to include the hands and face,” says Dr. Garlovsky. “People often handle what they think are unexploded fireworks after they light them, or they’re heavily intoxicated and make bad decisions with fireworks.”
These injuries often involve the mishandling of lighter fluid or smoke inhalation,” Dr. Garlovsky says.
“Over the holiday season, you’ll hear about drowning incidents and they often involve alcohol or using watercraft,” Dr. Garlovsky says.
“People are at risk even when it is cloudy,” Dr. Garlovsky says.
“If you drink in excess, it can lead to so many problems,” Dr. Garlovsky cautions. “People are at risk for dehydration, injuries and fights.”
Call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
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