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Infographic: 12 days of holiday trauma injuries have devastating cost


Holiday-related injuries fill emergency rooms — and can be financially devastating for families who are often already spread thing this time of year

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Alcoholic beverages, snowy roads, winter sports and familial disagreements: It’s a recipe for disaster during the holiday season. Holiday-related injuries fill emergency rooms — and can be financially devastating for families who are often already spread thin this time of year.

Dr. Thomas Esposito would know — he’s chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center.

The two major causes of unplanned holiday visits to his emergency room? “Drinking and fighting,” said Esposito in a news release. “Just last weekend someone went to a party, things got out of hand and they pulled out a gun and started shooting. I say don’t pack heat this winter. Bring a poinsettia, not a pistol to a party.”

So just how costly are these seasonal spikes in certain injuries? Esposito tallied up the costs. In the spirit of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the chart below shows the total cost of the corresponding number of injuries. These price tags include the emergency procedures, drugs and supplies necessary to treat each condition.

12 days of trauma injuries
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