MAYWOOD, Ill. – Each year 9.2 million babies, children and teens are injured severely enough to need treatment in emergency departments all across America, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Nothing is scarier than a trip to the emergency room,” said Mark Cichon, DO, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loyola University Health System. “In a season devoted to frights, it is our goal to keep everyone safe."
Here are Dr. Cichon’s top tips for a healthy, happy Halloween:
Since 1995, annual patient volumes in Loyola’s emergency division have increased from 29,000 to 53,000 patients. The Loyola Emergency Medicine Division is classified as a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. The division also has been recognized by groups such as The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, the American College of Surgeons for Trauma and the Illinois Department of Public Health.