Hoboken University Medical Center sees 248 patients in ER on St. Patrick's Day weekend
Two hundred and forty-eight people were admitted to the emergency room of the Hoboken University Medical Center within a 36-hour period on the weekend of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hoboken, the hospital reported today. The number of patients, recorded from Saturday at 6 a.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m., jumped 31 percent from last year, in which only 189 people went to the hospital, according to Joan Quigley, HUMC spokeswoman.

Despite the surge in patients, there were only minor injuries as a result of mostly fights and falls, Quigley said. The hospital administered 42 CT scans. In 2009, there were more than 80 injuries on parade day and considered far more serious.

“This was much smoother than last year,” Quigley said. “There was virtually no waiting. Everyone was seen within 15 minutes.”
Thomas Molta, of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps,

told The local news that between 9 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday EMS workers took 72 people to Hoboken University Medical Center.

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