Emergency room visits drop during big sporting events


Emergency room visits drop during big sporting events

By: Ryan Tate
A Maryland Doctor's research found a 30% drop in the number of men checking into a Baltimore Hospital's Emergency Room during sports broadcasts.
Heartland News spoke with some people in the medical field and heard stories about Cardinals' Fans putting off medical help for the Redbirds.
"This guy came in,kept his engine running, and had his car pointed right down I-55," Dr. Robb Hicks, M.D. said.  "We wanted to take his insurance but he said I will pay cash. He said, 'you got to make me feel better, because I need to go to St. Louis to get to the game,'" Dr. Hicks said.
L.P.N. Michelle Huckstep was part of similar story.
"This guy came in during a Cardinals' Playoff Game last year, Huckstep said. "The receptionist got his chart and I went to the door and said, 'are you ready?' He said, 'I'll be in a second, I want to watch the end of this inning,'" Huckstep said.
Huckstep says it is not just during baseball games. She works for "Prompt Care" in Jackson, and when the Jackson Indians are playing football, she sees a decline in the number of people that come in.