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Emergency Medical Minute


Jan 22, 2019

Author: Katrina Iverson, MD

Educational Pearls: 

  • The winter holiday months present a unique picture of patient presentations to the emergency department
    • Some of the unique presentations include:
    • Children falling off Santa’s lap
    • Sledding injuries
    • Falling off ladders
    • Lacerations, ingestion, and insertion of broken ornaments (pediatrics)
  • Parents tend to hurt themselves on their children’s toys


Lauche R, et al. (2018). ‘Santa baby, hurry [extra carefully] down the chimney tonight’ – Prevalence of Christmas related injuries 2007–2016 in the United States: Observational study. Advances in Integrative Medicine.

Summarized by Travis Barlock, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD