The retail frenzy may subside once Christmas Day is past, but spikes in holiday traffic continue for immediate care providers. Emergency rooms and urgent care centers see their busiest days of the year during the end-of-year holidays, traditionally. Whether it’s food poisoning or carving injuries that present the day after Thanksgiving, broken bones sustained while hanging Christmas lights, or various injuries associated with over-celebrating the New Year, EDs around the country report their visits increase anywhere from 5% to 12% across the holiday season. The swell of flu cases during that time doesn’t help, either. It all means that it’s essential to ensure you’re staffed accordingly, and that your patient population knows exactly when you’re open.
The Holiday Rush Isn’t Over for Urgent Care