The holidays are a time for family, friends, food, and... hospital visits? Emergency room check-ins have a noticeable upswing during the winter season. Check out a few reasons how the most wonderful time of the year can take a tragic turn.
Limited amounts of sunlight, chilly weather, and pressures of gift-giving and holiday plans can make the days not so merry and bright. Especially so for those spending the holidays alone or away from family. Depressive symptoms are more common in the winter months, but could be attributed to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Reaching out to loved ones and not staying cooped up can help alleviate these feelings.
Being thrown off routine can make it easy to forget taking daily medications. In the event of travel, medications are one of the last items to be packed, so if they're not packed at all it could be detrimental based on the dependence on the drug. Missing necessary medical appointments, such as dialysis, can also lead to an unplanned hospital trip.
As spirits are high, so is the intake of them. Increased rates of alcohol poisoning and DUI/DWI charges can put a damper on the season with a stay in the hospital. Being around loved ones can make it easy to push the limits on consumption, but being sensible is key. Even if the plans are to be not-so-sensible, having a designated driver or getting a ride from Uber or Lyft is heavily recommended in keeping you and those around you safe.
That diet planned for Monday can easily go off the rails until the new year. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, and all the get-togethers in between can prove to be detrimental to the body's nutrition. A high cholesterol spike can be the little push that sends heart health over the edge.
Knives and stovetops are great tools for preparing holiday meals, but can also be exceptionally dangerous when under time constraints and surrounding company. Risks of serious cuts and burns are perceptibly elevated during the holiday season.
The Bottom Line
At this point, many patients have met their deductibles and if not, they're about to. Some incidents are unavoidable, but most can be prevented with great precautionary measures. When in a jolly mood, it's easy to grab a pan without oven mitts or have one too many drinks. That being said, we recommend taking the above points earnestly to keep you and the ones around you safe. Happy holidays from us here at Elite Medical Lab!