Making a List, Checking it Twice: Tips for Preparing Your Emergency Room for the Holi
If you work in healthcare, you’ve probably watched at least one episode of Scrubs, a sitcom from the early 2000s that followed an ensemble of doctors and staff at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital.

If you were a fan of the show, you might remember an unusually poignant episode in which a young surgeon named Turk is determined to maintain his holiday cheer throughout a notoriously trying time for hospital staff: Christmas Eve. As the episode progresses, an increasingly downtrodden Turk is called to respond to a litany of worsening medical emergencies, illustrated by a darkly off-beat rendition of “The 12 days of Christmas.”

While Turk’s faith in the holiday spirit is eventually restored, his plight is one all too familiar for emergency department (ED) staff.

As one of the most frenetic times of the year, the holidays often represent a significant uptick in injuries. With millions traveling, cooking, erecting elaborate decorations, and scrambling to buy the latest toys, EDs around the country will begin to see increased patient volumes from all manner of merriment-related calamity.

In this post, we’ll explore some strategies and innovative ED workflow tools to help alleviate the holiday influx and give your staff something to be thankful for.

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