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Anthem asks Missourians to think twice before going to the emergency room – St. Louis American

(St. Louis Public Radio) – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, one of Missouris largest insurers, no longer covers emergency room visits that it deems unnecessary.

The policy aims to save costs and direct low-risk patients to primary care physicians and urgent care clinics. But doctors say patients may avoid going to a hospital when they really need it, if they fear a large bill.

Theyre forcing the lay public to make a medical determination, said Dr. Doug Char, a Washington University emergency physician. Theyre basically telling people you have to decide if this chest pain youre having is indigestion or a heart attack.

An emergency room is the most expensive place to see a doctor, and insurers are balking at the cost. Between 15 percent and 30 percent of emergency room visits in the St. Louis region are avoidable, according to a study by the nonprofit Midwest Health Initiative. Missouri hospitals charge an average of $372 for emergency room visits for minor issues, but some charge as much as $1,300, according to data compiled by the Missouri Hospital Association.

“Most non-emergent medical conditions can be easily treated at retail clinics, urgent care clinics of 24/7 telehealth services,” Anthem’s Missouri spokesperson, Scott Golden, wrote in an email. “The review by an Anthem medical director will take into consideration the presenting symptoms that brought the member to the emergency room as well as the diagnosis.”

In mid-May, Anthem sent letters to Missouri enrollees to alert them that from June 1, it would no longer cover emergency room services for non-emergencies. In such cases, people who have health insurance could still be stuck with the full cost of their visit, if the insurer determines that their symptoms did not reach the level of requiring emergency care.

Anthem enforces the same guidelines in Kentucky, and put the rule in place for Georgia policyholders this month. Its officials say there are several exceptions, such as if a patient is under 14, the visit occurs on a Sunday or there are no urgent-care centers within 15 miles.

The American College of Emergency Physicians raised a red flag when Anthem sent out a spreadsheet of 1,908 conditions that it may not deem not worthy of coverage in an emergency room. Some of the listed symptoms could indicate a life-threatening emergency, said Dr. Jonathan Heidt, president of Missouris ACEP chapter.

To have them under that threat of not having their bills paid if theyre wrong about what their diagnosis is, its really going to harm patients in the long run, Heidt said. Our patients have a right to seek emergency care.

The doctors argue that Anthems policy, and similar rules set up by state Medicaid programs, violate the federal Affordable Care Acts prudent layperson standard. The rule asserts that a person with average knowledge of health and medicine should be able to anticipate serious impairment to his or her health in an emergency, and that laws should not assume that a person will know more than that. Anthem contends that it reviews claims using this standard already.

Though Anthem began enforcing the Missouri rule at the beginning of June, patients who visit the emergency room for non-emergencies likely will receive bills in the coming months. Heidt said that if Anthem does not reconsider its policy, ACEP may weigh legal action against the insurer.

Were still a little bit early for that,” Heidt said. “But at this time, all of our options are on the table.

According to the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration, the rule is based on previously filed language that was approved by the regulator. Other plans have similar provisions.

“If a consumer believes a claim has been improperly denied, or has questions about how a claim has been handled by their insurer, they can contact the Department’s Consumer Affairs Hotline at 800-726-7390 or they can file a complaint online,” said Grady Martin, the agency’s director of administration.

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Summer months bring rise in emergency room visits – Florida Times-Union

Summertime in Florida brings warm weather, beach trips and outdoor activities as children are out of school and families enjoy vacations.

All can be fun, but also have inherent risks and increases in injuries.

Close to 20 percent of adults and more than 17 percent of children every year visit an emergency room.

About 27 percent of visits are in the summer months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Florida, we are faced with a unique set of problems that can result in drownings from rip currents in the ocean to heat-related illnesses and dangerous sunburns.

Some other common injuries and illnesses seen in emergency rooms in the summer include motor vehicle accidents, watersports-related injuries, snake bites, shark bites, bug bites, spinal injuries and other traumatic injuries.

But there are many ways to stay safe while enjoying all the fun summer has to offer.

Wear sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher and reapply frequently

Limit your time in the extreme heat and direct sun and wear sun protective clothing

The suns rays are most harmful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If youre out during these times, seek shade under a tree, shelter or an umbrella.

Stay hydrated throughout the day

Learn CPR and other life-saving techniques

Be sure to wear your seatbelt at all times

In the summer, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 140 degrees. Never leave a child or a pet inside a parked car even if the windows are cracked or the car is parked in the shade.

Water safety is also essential. The CDC reports that from 2005 to 2014 there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.

Drowning is the leading cause of death among children between 1 and 4 and the second leading injury-related cause of death in older children, with nearly 800 children drowning each year nationally, according to Safe Kids Northeast Florida, led by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Childrens Hospital. More than half are under age 5.

More than 5,000 children nationally are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents.

According to Safe Kids Northeast Florida, studies show that although 90 percent of parents say they supervise their children while swimming, many acknowledge that they engage in other distracting activities at the same time like talking, eating, reading or taking care of another child. Even a near-drowning can have lifelong consequences.

With all the water activities in Florida, its important to also know that Floridas drowning death rate of children ages 1 to 4 has historically been the highest in the nation.

Children need to be watched carefully and at a close distance while also avoiding any distractions. Use life jackets when boating and ensure that yourself and children know basic swimming skills. If you have a pool, be sure it is fenced off and safeguards are in place to protect children from getting inside unsupervised.

When it comes to the outdoors, children and adults also need to be careful where they walk and play because they may come face-to-face with critters, including snakes.

Summer is snake season and Florida is especially dangerous with several poisonous snakes commonly roaming the area.

Avoid high-brush areas and if you see a snake, do not approach or pick it up.

If you are bitten, seek help immediately. Do not apply a tourniquet and do not attempt to suck venom from the wound. Often times, people try to capture and bring in the snake when they go to the emergency room. But that is actually more dangerous and does not help with treatment. Instead, remember the snakes color and shape to describe to medical personnel.

The key to summer fun is to just be cautious and take necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Brandi Gilchrist, MD, is board-certified as an emergency medical specialist. She is medical director of Baptist Emergency at Town Center and assistant medical director of the emergency department at Baptist Medical Center Beaches, 1350 13th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.

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Tough question for hospitals: Who’s too risky to release? – Auburn Citizen

NEW YORK Four days before Alexander Bonds ambushed and killed a New York City police officer, he was in a hospital emergency room getting a psychiatric evaluation. The hospital released him the same day.

Now the hospital’s actions are under a state review ordered by the governor. St. Barnabas Hospital says it handled Bonds appropriately and welcomes the inquiry.

The decision was one psychiatrists across the country make regularly: whether patients pose enough danger to themselves or others to require hospitalization. Practitioners say that it’s often a difficult call to make and that even an experienced evaluator can’t predict someone’s behavior.

“Most of the time, it’s very complicated. You’re trying to make an assessment: Is the person going to a home? Is there family? Are they reliable? What was the specific reason they were brought in? Is that likely to occur again?” said Bea Grause, president of the statewide hospital and health system association HANYS and a former emergency room nurse.

Bonds, 34, evidently had a history of mental health problems. There were antidepressant and anti-psychotic medications in his apartment, and his girlfriend told officers she took him to St. Barnabas for the psychiatric evaluation July 1, police said.

He was observed for seven to eight hours in the emergency room, where he was seen by a physician and then a psychiatrist, hospital spokesman Steven Clark said.

“We believe the proper protocols and standards were met,” he said.

By the night of July 4, Bonds’ paranoid, erratic behavior worried his girlfriend enough that she called police to look for him. They didn’t find him before he marched up to a parked police vehicle and shot through the window just after midnight, striking Officer Miosotis Familia in the head. Soon after, officers shot and killed him after they say he drew a weapon on them.

The state Health Department said it plans to interview St. Barnabas staffers, conduct inspections and examine records to review Bonds’ case and the hospital’s policies and prescribing practices.

Under state law, people can be involuntarily hospitalized for at least 48 hours if they pose a substantial risk of causing serious injury to themselves or others.

“If you’re making a determination that someone’s a danger to themselves or others, you better be pretty clear about it. Because you’re taking away their liberties,” said Grause, whose association represents hospitals and nursing homes.

Psychiatrists caution that the risk can be difficult to pinpoint.

“While psychiatrists can often identify circumstances associated with an increased likelihood of violent behavior, they cannot predict dangerousness with definitive accuracy,” the American Psychiatric Association said in a 2012 position statement.

Doctors and other hospital staffers can encounter agitated emergency room patients they’ve never seen before.

While paying close attention to what patients say and do, doctors also might test to determine whether a medical problem or medication might be spurring the behavior. They consider whether the cause could be alcohol or illegal drugs, a clue sometimes illuminated by observing patients for hours. They may look into whether someone has dementia.

Some patients arrive clearly violent, and others are just having a bad drug reaction that will wear off. But “there’s this vast gray area in the middle that takes a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge and balancing all of the factors that go into a good assessment,” said Dr. Vivian Pender, a New York City psychiatrist and public affairs representative for the New York County Psychiatric Society.

Police have been working to determine Bonds’ motive in shooting Familia. Bonds, who had served prison time for a 2005 armed robbery, had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video last September.

Familia, 48, was a 12-year New York Police Department veteran and a mother of three. She was selfless, “incredibly funny” and full of warmth and wisdom, her 20-year-old daughter, Genesis Villella, said Friday.

She “went to work every day proud to do her job, to protect us,” Villella said.

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Patient, BBB seek change with Emergency Room "hidden charges" – FOX 46 Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Hidden charges at emergency rooms are causing transparency questions to be raised.

“Any other form of purchasing, people know what they’re paying,” patient Steve Komito said. “Somehow if you’re in the emergency room, you don’t have to know and I’m saying that’s wrong.”

Komito took his son to the Carolinas Healthcare Systems Emergency Room in Waxhaw this past Spring. X-rays were done but when Komito received his bill, he noticed a “room charge” for $1,244.44. Komito said, had he known about that charge up front, he would have taken his son elsewhere — adding, the X-rays were not even conducted in that general service room and they could have waited elsewhere.

“I guess my mission at this point is transparency,” Komito said.

Komito said, during his visit, someone with the E.R. told him they will not give pricing ahead of a visit because if the patient determines it’s too expensive and leaves — the E.R. will be held liable if something were to happen with their health.

The Better Business Bureau said it receives roughly 1,000 complaints a year for situations like this in the Greater Charlotte region.

“It’s not like going into a fast-food restaurant and seeing prices up on the board,” BBB’s Tom Bartholomy said.

FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to Carolinas Healthcare Systems earlier this Spring with a list of billing questions that have still not been answered. We sent them an email again on Friday and are waiting for a response. Here’s a portion of the email…

1.Will Carolinas Healthcare System give pricing information prior to service at the Emergency Room, upon request?

2.Does CHS stand behind this standard room charge and policy? When did this charge go into effect?

3.Weve heard talks about Level 3 and Level 4 E.R. room visit cases. What are the specific levels and what determines one of these levels?

4.What goes into the room charge? Is there a time limit a person has to be in there for a charge? A specific procedure? Does a doctor have to physically examine them? What warrants this charge?

5.Does CHS maintain that it will not release pricing prior to an E.R. patient being seen because it can be held negligent if the patients decides the cost is too high, and leaves without treatment?

FOX 46 Charlotte has now reached out to State Senator Tommy Tucker (Komito’s district) to see if he would be interested in any sort of legislation surrounding hospital charges being disclosed up front. Here’s a portion of that email…

Would Sen. Tucker support legislation demanding immediate transparency of ER pricing? As these bills are broken down into “Levels” — why can’t a patient know ahead of time the approximate costs of his service?

*This obviously does not include any additional testing that may be ordered or needed. But again, these prices – all pricing – is slotted ahead of time.

The Better Business Bureau told FOX 46 Charlotte there needs to be more transparency between E.R.’s and patients.

“If there’s going to be a basic charge for you for being in that emergency room no matter what you’re there for, then, yeah, why not?” Bartholomy added.

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New RCMH emergency room now open – Richmond Daily News

The new emergency room at Ray County Memorial Hospital opened Thursday and is ready for use. Hospital staff, from left, are: Douglas McCune, director of the emergency room; Stacy Davidson, RN and supervisor of the emergency room; Earl Sheehy, hospital CEO/administrator; and Donna Lamar, RN and director of nurses. (Photo by Leah Wankum/Richmond News)

By Leah Wankum, Editor

The old emergency room at Ray County Memorial Hospital fit three beds comfortably, with just curtains for partitions separating them from each other and the nurses station. Built in 1989, the old space offered only one trauma room for more serious cases. The nurses station was small and cramped.

No more. The new emergency room opened Thursday and is ready for use.

The new space boasts six individual treatment rooms, two triage rooms and a new nurses station. Earl Sheehy, chief executive officer and administrator of the hospital, said the new ER is part of a $7 million project to upgrade a portion ofthe hospitals facilities. With 8,000 square feet for the new facility, the key word in the minds of the ER staff is privacy.

The complete story is in the Friday, July 7, 2017 Richmond News.

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Herman: How my drinking problem sent me to the emergency room –

I had a little (real little) medical incident the other day. All is well, and, more importantly, I did prove a medical theory of mine. This all stems from a drinking problem: Apparently, I dont drink enough.

I recently opined to friends and family that it is my semi-informed belief that before you reach the point of dehydration youll get thirsty. Kind of like youll get hungry before you starve. The body is a wonderful thing, equipped with all kinds of warning devices were free to ignore.

So it was fortuitous that I recently had the opportunity to test whether one indeed will get thirsty prior to getting dehydrated. Obviously, one has to reach the point of dehydration (which I maintain is beyond thirst) to run this test. So, in the name of research, I reached the point of dehydration. Youre welcome. And the short answer is yes, I did get thirsty before I was pushed on a gurney dehydrated into the ambulance.

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This excitement went down when I couldnt get up last Saturday during a morning bike ride that started at 8 a.m. in Northwest Hills and ended in early afternoon in North Austin Medical Centers efficient (and well air-conditioned) emergency room.

Just over 28 miles into what would have been a 28.2 mile ride a routine distance for me and, lest you judge my mph, this ride included a leisurely breakfast stop at Sweetish Hill (and lest you judge my breakfast, it was eggish, not sweetish) fellow American-Statesman staffer and cyclist Ralph K.M. Haurwitz and I turned into Anderson High School to take a look at the new robotics building. After rolling by that, we dismounted to watch an inning of the adult baseball league game underway at the high school.

I felt a bit fatigued, hot and thirsty after a westbound, mildly uphill stretch of Steck Avenue, but nothing serious. Things got more serious when I tried to stand up and felt my field of vision narrowing like a curtain closing as nausea brewed within. I told Haurwitz to give me a few moments and Id be fine. I wasnt. I actually got less fine pretty quickly as seated on the bleachers advanced to prone on the ground. I still thought Id be OK, though I was pretty sure Haurwitz would not offer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if needed.

So there was that.

Haurwitz quickly realized this was not going to end with me getting back on the bike and pedaling the few blocks back to my house. And I quickly realized I was on the verge of a Saturday nap. Dont get me wrong. Im pro-Saturday naps, but the scheduled, voluntary kind watching televised baseball in a comfy chair, not the unscheduled, involuntary kind watching live baseball prone on the ground.

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One thing led to another, though I dont remember all of them. Haurwitz later told me the real action began when he yelled Emergency! and called 911. Folks on hand for the baseball game gathered to help as I sat in a chair, apparently un- or semiconscious for a few seconds. (And here is where its OK for you to say, Oh, kind of like when you write columns?)

I recall some conversation, not including me, about the approaching ambulance. And I recall the two friendly and helpful EMS guys (I wish I got their names; thanks, guys) moving quickly to assess my situation by asking three questions, including one intended to shock my heart back to pumping if it had stopped:

Who is the president of the United States? he asked.

I answered correctly, somehow opting not to offer editorial comment. (Imagine the battery of psychological exams that would have ensued if, a mere three years ago, youd have answered that question with Donald J. Trump.) He also asked me what city we were in and, attempting to trip me up, added a math question: How many dimes in a dollar? Not bragging here, but I aced the exam.

They hooked me up to some fluids as I shared with them the coincidence of this happening a few days after my official pronouncement of my theory about thirst and dehydration. By the way, they agreed that youll get thirsty en route to dehydration.

I felt much better by the time we got to the hospital, where, shortly after being wheeled into a chilly ER treatment room, I quickly realized my next challenge might be frostbite. I got to meet lots of helpful ER folks, all of whom were affable and relaxed. Must be nice to go to work in your pajamas. They ran some tests and pronounced a diagnosis of dehydration and syncope. Id never heard of syncope until I saw it in the discharge paperwork.

You have been diagnosed with syncope (pronounced SINK-uh-pee). This is the medical term for a rapid loss of consciousness or a fainting episode. There are many causes of syncope. Some of these are life-threatening and others are not serious, it said, adding, Patients without life-threatening conditions may be sent home.

I was pleased to qualify for that. And I didnt need the hospital definition of dehydration. I know what that is. And I was correct. Its that thing beyond thirsty.

Now, having proven my point that youll get thirsty before you get dehydrated, Im working on my acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Friends, its hot out there. Youve probably not heard this from anyone, but, having road-tested this theory, let me recommend the introduction of orally administered liquids when youre thirsty. And sometimes water isnt enough. Electrolytes, yes. Alcohol, no (ever).

And, despite how you feel about it, endeavor to give the right answer, sans editorial comment, when a health care professional asks you whos the president of the United States. This is about your state of consciousness, not your state of confusion about how this particular president got to be this particular president.

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Belleville Board To Hear Clara Maass Emergency Room Proposal –
Belleville Board To Hear Clara Maass Emergency Room Proposal
BELLEVILLE, NJ The Belleville Board of Adjustment plans to hear a proposal to construct an addition and make alterations to the emergency room of Clara Maass Medical Center at 1 Clara Maass Drive on Thursday, July 6, according to the municipal …

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Local emergency room sees influx of patients around 4th of July – WHSV

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) Many of us got to enjoy the fresh air on the night of Independence Day as we admired the firework displays happening around the Valley. However, some folks missed out, spending their evening in the emergency room instead.

According to WalletHub, 800 people go to the emergency room with firework-related injures each Fourth of July, and 67% of all fireworks-related injuries happen within a month of July 4th.

Over the holiday, the emergency department at Sentara RMH Medial Center experienced an influx of patients who were admitted with injuries related to fireworks.

Monday was the busiest day with 211 patients overall. On the Fourth of July, 161 people were admitted.

Brandy Sollenberger is the clinical nurse manager in the emergency department at Sentara RMH. She said the majority of folks were suffering from burns, but a few cases were more severe.

“They’ve all been kind of similar, very, very similar with hand injuries mostly. Hand and upper body,” said Sollenberger.

She added that those who needed surgery were taken to UVA Medical Center.

“From one careless second. It can only take a few seconds and if they’re not known anyone who’s been injured before or seen the impact of fireworks, the danger that they have, they’re going to take that chance because they want to celebrate,” said Sollenberger.

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Monte Paschi looks to leave ’emergency room’ and return to profit – Reuters

MILAN Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI) set out plans to get out of the “emergency room” and return to profit on Wednesday, clearing the way for a state bailout that should remove the biggest threat to the country’s financial stability.

The world’s oldest bank said on Wednesday it expected a net profit of more than 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 2021, from a loss of 3.2 billion euros last year, as part of a restructuring plan approved by European authorities.

“It’s a conservative plan. We’re not shooting at unrealistic targets,” Chief Executive Marco Morelli told analysts on a conference call to present the new plan.

Morelli said no mergers were planned at the moment. “There is no Plan B on the table,” he said.

Burdened by bad loans and a mismanagement scandal, Monte dei Paschi has for years been at the forefront of Italy’s slow-brewing banking crisis.

Italy’s fourth-largest lender was forced to request state aid in December after its attempt to raise capital from private investors failed.

On Tuesday the European Union approved a 5.4 billion euro state bailout after it agreed to a drastic overhaul in a move that will leave Rome holding around 70 percent of the bank.

EU officials speaking on condition of anonymity said Italy would have to exit the bank at the latest by the end of the 5-year plan.

“What we experienced in the last nine months is pretty much unheard of: It’s like an ER department with an emergency every five minutes,” Morelli said.

Italy has pledged more than 20 billion euros of taxpayer money in the space of a week to rescue three of its banks, but the country’s wider financial sector is still weighed down by around 300 billion euros of non-performing loans (NPLs).

At the end of last month, Rome committed up to 17 billion euros to rescue regional banks Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca though it said the final bill would be much lower, adding the state might even turn a profit from the bailouts.

“The Monte Paschi plan looks good but we need to see execution. Still, coming after the Veneto rescues it settles nerves about Italy’s banking system,” said Zenit fund manager Stefano Fabiani.


In its 2017-2021 plan, Monte dei Paschi sees a headcount reduction of around 5,500 to just over 20,000 and a fall in the number of branches to around 1,400 from some 2,000 in 2016 as it seeks to ensure the lender is profitable in the long term.

It expects to reach a return on equity of more than 10 percent in 2021 while its CET1 ratio, a measure of financial strength, is seen at 14.7 percent from 8.2 percent in 2016.

Crucially, the bank will sell 28.6 billion euros of gross bad loans, of which 26.1 billion will be securitized through a transfer to a privately funded vehicle on market terms, with the operation partially funded by bank rescue fund Atlante II.

The bank said it would sell securitized notes to Atlante II at 21 cents on the euro. “We are in line if not slightly above recent market transactions,” Morelli said.

The CEO, who expects the bank’s shares to relist in the second half of September, said 5.5 billion euros in deposits were recovered in the first quarter, adding liquidity was no longer an issue.

“The bank managed to stay alive,” he said, referring to the close shadowing of the lender by European authorities. “We negotiated the plan with the EU Commission line by line.”

Rome is under the spotlight for taking advantage of exceptions in EU rules designed to stop the use of taxpayer money to deal with bank crises.

Policymakers now want Italy to come up with a solution for tackling NPLs without requiring any more government money to prop up its beleaguered banking sector.

European Central Bank vice president Vitor Constancio said on Wednesday there needed to be swift action to establish a stronger secondary market in Europe for non-performing loans and policy changes to incentivise banks, investors and the authorities to tackle the issue more effectively.

“Partial solutions and further delays are not options if we want to tackle the problem of NPLs” he wrote in Italy’s main business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

(Additional reporting by Agnieszka Flak in Milan and Foo Yun Chee in Brussels; Editing by Susan Fenton/Keith Weir)

BRUSSELS EU antitrust regulators have appointed a panel of experts to give a second opinion on their case against Google’s Android mobile operating system, two people familiar with the matter said, as they weigh another record fine against the company.

BERLIN Airbus has signed an agreement to sell 140 aircraft to China, it said on Wednesday, in a deal worth almost $23 billion at list prices.

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For many Americans, the 4th of July is a day of patriotism, family celebration, barbecue, and, of course, fireworks. However, each year the fun ends with a trip to the emergency room for those who aren’t careful.

Last year fireworks accidents sent more than 11,000 Americans to emergency rooms.

The 4thof July holiday has earned a reputation as the most dangerous holiday in the U.S. Jennifer Carr, theTrauma Program Managerat the Corpus Christi Medical Center says 4th of July related activities and fireworks bring a lot of people into the ER.

It is actually more common than you think. We see a lot of injuries with adults, and we also see injuries with children. We see injuries due to fireworks. We see burns to faces, hands, and eyes due to fireworks,said Corpus Christi Medical Center Trauma Program Manager Jennifer Carr.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The injuries skyrocket around this time of year. More than 230 people on average end up in the ER with fireworks-related injuries every day in the month around July 4th.

If somebody gets injured from a firework, you definitely want to get them to the closest emergency department. Call 911, especially if it is an injury to the face or eye. Typically a burn such as a sunburn is a first-degree burn. Anything that is more than a first-degree burn needs to beevaluated by a physician. Anything that causes the skin to open up or not stay intact anymore needs to be evaluated. Burns can scar and require lots of treatments infollow-up phases, said Carr.

Even with seemingly harmless sparklers, parents should use great caution and think twice before handing them to children.

Take it seriously. Realize that fireworks can cause injuries, and always have adult supervision even with sparklers. Children need to be supervised. Sparklers can reach a temperature of 2000 degrees, and so we see lots of injuries of children with fireworks. A lot of those is because of lack of adult supervision, said Carr.

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While following these tips will help, sometime injuries happen. The most common areas of the body that are injured tend to be the hands, fingers, eyes, head and face, mostly with burns. If your child gets inured, considering the following:

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