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Pat Shingleton: "Kids in the E.R."

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Posted: Jul 13, 2014 5:05 PM by Pat Shingleton

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The British Medical Journal reports that emergency room visits for kids increase as temperatures increase. An online edition of the Emergency Medicine Journal, based their research on patterns of hospital treatments in 21 emergency rooms throughout England. Their data found that a five degree increase in temperature, increased admissions for kids. A drop in temperature by five degrees increased adult admissions by 3% and increasing snowfall elevated the admissions to 8%. Authors of the report studied numerous trauma units over various locations for an extended period of time, recognizing a strong relationship between recorded weather and trauma admissions. This analysis could better prepare hospital staff for changes in admission rates.

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