SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Summer is just over two weeks away, and the emergency room gets busier when it gets warm.
More than 29 million people are treated in the ER every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Most of those visits occur in the summer due to barbeque accidents, lawnmower injuries, extreme sunburn and dehydration.
But doctors at Baystate Medical Center say a lot of people get hurt drinking and driving. Dr. Ronald Gross told 22News, “People are partying, it’s a nice day at the beach, put one or too many, they get in the car, they drive home, they crash. These aren’t anything different than we see all year long, we just see it more frequently unfortunately.”
Doctors say it’s not just adults. They also see an increase in injuries among children this time of year.