How many patients do you see in the emergency department on a typical day and what are some common conditions for the visits?
We see an average of about 70 patients per day. We have two peak seasons, summer and winter, but in total we see over 25,000 patients per year. As emergency physicians and nurses we are trained to take care of everything from colds and rashes to strokes and heart attacks. The most common conditions we treat seem to be chest pain, abdominal pain, headaches, pneumonia and flu symptoms such as cough, runny nose and sore throat or nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. We also see a lot of injuries including bone fractures, muscle strains and sprains and lacerations.