holiday er 108308689 Holiday Season Means More Emergency Room Visits

A wounded man is pictured in his hospital room, during the holiday season. (credit: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The holidays can be a busy time of year in North Texas emergency rooms. Every holiday season local ERs are packed with folks who’ve suffered typical holiday injuries.

Dr. Paul Pepe, chair in emergency medicine at UT Southwestern, said a number of the injuries they see is from people falling off ladders, while hanging Christmas lights.

There are also frequent injuries related to people spending extra time preparing holiday meals.

“A large part of what we see are actually related to just, they’re very simple things in the kitchen,” explained Dr. Pepe. “People either cutting themselves preparing food, or let’s say hot things on the stove or even animals or small children reaching up to them.”

But the holiday season can also exacerbate health conditions.

“Diabetes getting out of control or high blood pressure or even in some cases cardiac arrest precipitated by some severe stress,” said Dr. Pepe.

While the holidays can be stressful doctors say it’s important to take extra precautions to make sure festivities don’t become dangerous.

“It’s a very terrible thing to see this happening in what would often be a joyous time of the year.”

Medical workers also warn that mixing heavy alcohol use with any activity can be dangerous.