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Approximately 130 million emergency room (ER) visits occur in the U.S. every year, with 25% of these ER visits taking place during the summer (CDC, 2022). The summer months bring unique health risks that aren’t as prominent in other seasons, accounting for this significant spike.
The key to minimizing summertime ER visits is knowing the common causes for these incidents and how to prevent them.
Studies show that ER visits increase during the summer, surging around holiday weekends like Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day (Pew Research Center, 2019). Children represent a large portion of ER patients involved in this seasonal rise. Researchers concluded that individuals are put at a higher risk of injury during these months due to an increase in daylight hours and popular outdoor activities, like using fireworks.
Doctors treat many injuries and illnesses during the summer months, which account for record increases in ER visits. Some of these accidents include:
While these unfortunate calamities often affect children, these unfortunate accidents also extend to teenagers and even adults who participate in these summertime activities, driving up ER visits.
While anyone can sustain injuries during the summer, children are more likely to have accidents that require medical attention. Once the school year ends, kids become more active and gain more free time while experiencing a significant change in supervision, putting them at higher risk of accidents and injuries.
For example, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between ages 1 and 4 and the second leading cause of injury-related fatalities in older children, making swimming a particularly high-risk summertime activity for kids (CDC, 2022).
As a healthcare provider, you can help your patients prevent summertime ER visits by sharing the following summer safety tips:
By advising these summer safety tips, healthcare practitioners can help to lower the rate of these injuries and illnesses among their patients.
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