Hospitals See Action on Fourth

POSTED BY: Danielle Cotterman
Monday, July 4, 2011 - 04:03 PM

While many are out enjoying the holiday weekend, maybe in excess...those in the medical field know where they are needed.

Genesis-Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department in Zanesville said during holiday celebrations, like the 4th of July, it's not uncommon to see a spike in the number of injuries...resulting in a need for more employees. Registered Nurse, Corisa Vesecky said weekends overall tend to be quiet, but holidays are always the exception.

"No one wants to be in a hospital, so anytime you can make their experience less stressful they don't want to be here, you don't really want to be here, you're missing your family, they are missing their family," expressed Vesecky. "So you just try to make it so that everybody makes the best of the situation ."

Employees of Good Samaritan tend to share holidays, meaning if they work the 4th of July this year, next year they will have the day off. Dr. Charles Feicht has been working in hospitals for 33 years and said he has worked his share of holidays.

"I think there is a fair amount of trading that goes on but its tit for tatt," explained Feicht. "If you get this holiday off you're going to pay with the next one."

Freicht said holiday injuries tend to extend from people celebrating in excess, leading to car accidents, firework injuries, and even trauma from altercations.

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