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Fewer People Needed to Go to the UVa Emergency Room During Snowstorm

December 22, 2009

One of the places open during the height of the storm are emergency rooms.

The University of Virginia Medical Center actually saw less volume than a usual day.

The storm kept staffing below normal, but most patients who came to the ER were there for slip and fall accidents.

Two people were treated for heart attacks related to shoveling snow.

"I do want to say that I was so impressed by all the employees at the emergency department who had to work their way in, and not only the emergency department, but the entire institution," says Michael Ralph, an Emergency Room Nurse.

The University of Virginia Medical Center called in extra staff ahead of the storm. Some of the Emergency Department spent the night at the hospital so they could be there for their shifts.


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