Local Hospital Sees Summer Uptick In Trauma Cases

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

TEMPLE (July 3, 2013)--The summer months have created an uptick of some types of trauma cases at Scott & White Hospital where doctors say they'll treat more car crash victims this summer than they did last year.

From May to July last year 63 people were treated for injuries from motor vehicle collisions.

In May and June of this year, the hospital has already treated 61 traffic accident victims.

The hospital has also treated eight pedestrians who were struck by vehicles this year compared to a total of eight for the summer last year.

Just more than 30 motorcycle accident victims were treated last year and so far this year doctors have treated just more than twenty victims.

Doctors said they're prepared for more cases over the Fourth of July holiday as more people head outdoors to celebrate.

"Summer can really bring things to a head and some of the bigger injuries we see are related to motorcycle crashes especially when people aren't wearing helmets we have a lot of traumatic brain injuries, a lot of broken extremities from those types of accidents and we also see an uptick in violent type things as well," Scott & White Trauma Director Dr. Matt Davis said.

As certain types of trauma cases increase doctors say help from the community is needed more than ever with blood donations.

"Yesterday we brought in some blood in from outside blood centers for some blood types and we'd love to have people on a regular basis donate blood," Scott & White Blood Center Director Dr. Walter Linz said.

Water-related accidents have increased to four from two last year.

Temple Police will be adding extra patrols at Temple Lake Park to crack down on alcohol and other safety violations for the Fourth of July celebrations on Thursday.

Law enforcement will also be on the water looking out for drunken boaters.


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