Emergency Room Cases
"Every day, people come in and you just think, 'You gotta be kidding me'," says a Florida emergency room doctor. "I mean, what makes a guy think using a fish hook to clean out ear wax is a good idea?"
With that, some true statistics about why people go to the E.R. in the United States, as collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- In 2006, an 18-year-old woman was "looking for a cell phone in a dumpster at [a] sorority. Had rubber lid of dumpster fall onto head when wind blew."
- In 2004, a 24-year-old woman said she slipped in the shower -- when she stepped on a basketball.
- In 2006, a 46-year-old woman reported her "husband was wiring Internet when antlers fell off wall and hit patient on top of head."
- In 2008, a 30-year-old man was "chasing a raccoon last night, forgot he had cable set up in yard." When he tripped he twisted his left wrist.
- A 37-year-old man was cutting branches with a circular saw, using a running wood chipper as a saw horse. When the man cut off several fingers with the saw, they fell into the wood chipper.
Also, CPSC statistics show that:
- Men account for 56 percent of the E.R. visits.
- Men suffer 80 percent of "pressure washer" injuries.
- Men suffer 90 percent of injuries involving a "mobile home" plus "alcohol".
- And unsurprisingly, 96 percent of "nail gun" injuries are suffered by men.
Posted April 12, 2010