(WICHITA, Kan.)—Sometimes it's just a simple case of overeating. In other cases it's much more serious. There is no quicker way to ruin your Thanksgiving holiday than with a visit to the emergency room.
"There's no special holiday for us. It's always the same," says Dr. Jeff Bell at the Via Christi ER in Wichita.
The ER gets busy because doctors offices are closed and more people are visiting from out of town. Thanksgiving dinner is often the reason for someone's trip.
"I think a lot of people kind of tend to indulge. So they overeat and then they get a lot more nausea," he says. And then there's the food poisoning.
Tack on the viral infections, heart attacks and broken bones that are common all year long and you get a 15-20% increase in the number of patients during a major holiday.