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Bill
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Heard it today on the radio, repeated as fact.

Sort of makes sense, when you consider the amount of cooking that goes on and the possibility of kitchen accidents.

Anyone know if it's really true?

Thanks.

Bill

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I did a Google search and only found a few sites mentioning this, none with cites or anything that sounded convincing.

I tend not to believe any of those "_____ day is the busiest day for _____" stories I hear. Mostly because I can't imagine anyone feeling the need to actually go through the records and count.

It's probably more along the lines of an emergency room worker not wanting to be there, anxious to get home to family, getting frustrated by all the people and thinks "It's so busy today. Thanksgiving must be the busiest day in here!" Then they repeat it to friends, etc.

But that's just my theory, no proof or anything.

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I can tell you from experience.. Thanksgiving is NOT the busiest day of the year for emergency rooms. In fact, it's often a very slow day. It tends to pick up in the late evening/early next morning as people who have overeaten and having chest pains from it come in thinking they're having heart attacks.
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And don't forget the burn victims who tried to deep-fry their turkey. I've heard, but never found evidence, that there are more fires on Turkey Day, too; both for the deep fryers and just conventional accidents.

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Kathy B
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Best I can find is National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2002 Emergency Department Summary from US CDC.
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[Data] indicate that illness visits peaked on Monday and then declined throughout the week, and the distribution of injury visits was more even.
What's somewhat interesting was a survey in Jordan showing that visits were most frequent on Saturday--in each case, the day after the most common Sabbath.

Anecdotally, I foung osme interviews with EMTs or ER people naming some local festival as the busiest day.

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