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AtlantiCare Sees "Significant Number" of Weather Related Injuries Friday

About 80 percent of EMS responses Friday morning were weather related.

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo
The number of patients checking into AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center sites with weather related injuries on Friday significantly exceeded the number usually seen at this time of year, hospital officials said Friday evening.

About 20-50 percent of the patients were treated as the result of weather-related slips and falls or motor vehicle crashes, depending on location, and about 80 percent of EMS responses Friday morning were weather related.

“By 10 a.m. we were treating far more emergency patients than we would typically see on a Friday morning in January at our Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton and at ARMC’s Mainland and Atlantic City campuses,” said David MacBride, DO, medical director, ARMC Atlantic City Campus Emergency Center.

He added AtlantiCare expects to see patients who were involved in weather related injuries through the weekend.

Most weather-related injuries were treated at the Mainland Campus in Galloway, as 30 people checked in before noon. The Satellite Emergency Department saw 28, and the City Campus Emergency Department saw 25. The Trauma Center had treated at least three weather-related trauma patients and was expecting transfers from community hospitals throughout the region.

“ARMC’s Emergency Medical Services team had twice the amount of crews on 911 calls that it would normally have on a Friday morning,” said Bob Mattle, Jr. MS, NREMT-P, director/chief ARMC EMS. “ARMC EMS also assisted community partners by responding to 13 mutual aid calls in Camden, Atlantic and Cape May counties.

“Most of the weather-related injuries we’ve treated in Urgent Care are from falls due to the ice on the ground,” said John Ruskey, DO, medical director, AtlantiCare Urgent Care centers, with locations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Ocean counties. “Injuries to the upper extremity and back injuries seem to be the most prevalent.”

Roads and sidewalks throughout the region were covered in ice Friday morning as the result of freezing rain.

AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care Centers, which treat minor illnesses and injuries, are open on nights and weekends. For locations and hours, visit the AtlantiCare Urgent Care website.

To reach AtlantiCare Urgent Care in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties, call 609-407-CARE (2273); Mount Laurel (Cross Keys Urgent Care), Burlington County, call 856-866-8700; in Sicklerville (Cross Keys Urgent Care), Camden County call 856-728-8700.
David Stern January 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM
It is for situations such as these that proves urgent care clinics are key to the medical care of any community. Slips and falls don't always occur during normal doctor's office hours, and many times they do not require the full services of an expensive ER. Great job to AtlantiCare Urgent Care.

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