For Immediate Release: January 10, 2014
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Emergency, Trauma, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Urgent Care Teams treated a significant number of patients for weather-related injuries today. Depending on the location, approximately 20 to 50 percent of the patients being treated were due to weather-related slips and/or falls or motor vehicle crashes. Approximately 80 percent of the EMS responses prior to noon 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. “We anticipate seeing patients later today and through the weekend at our hospital sites and at AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care centers as people who slipped or fell earlier in the day seek treatment.”
By 3 p.m. ARMC’s Satellite Emergency Department had treated 28 weather-related injuries, ARMC Mainland Campus Emergency Department, Pomona had treated 30 weather-related and ARMC’s City Campus Emergency Center had treated 25 weather-related. ARMC’s 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.”
AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care Centers, which treat minor illnesses and injuries, offer night and weekend hours. 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.
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,221 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.
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