Trauma Center Expecting to Be Busy During Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida
DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Bike Week in Daytona Beach lures thousands upon thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Central Florida each year. The annual celebration is a boon to the local economy. Hotels, restaurants, quickly fill up with bikers from around the country, and so too does the Halifax Trauma Center in Daytona Beach. Physicians working in the Halifax Trauma Center in Daytona Beach are expecting to be very busy as Bike Week rolls toward its conclusion. A report filed by WESH 2 News indicates that doctors in the trauma department noticed an increase in severe injuries suffered by motorcycle riders and their passengers during Bike Week compared to the average week at the hospital. Despite a large number of patients, the hospital promises that the quality of care will not suffer as a result. *
Halifax Trauma Center stands ready to face the challenges thrown at them by injured motorcycle riders and passengers during Bike Week. Hospital workers expect to be busy. A trauma nurse from the Halifax Trauma Center told WESH that the medical facility had increased its trauma readiness by staffing at least one additional trauma team per day for the entire week.
A trauma doctor at the Halifax Medical Center noted that the trauma center treats approximately 50 patients during the average week. Bike Week is far beyond average. The physician believes that the average Bike Week sends 80 trauma patients to the facility. The trauma doctor, a motorcycle enthusiast himself, estimated that only 25 to 33 percent of severely injured riders treated in the hospital wore a helmet while riding. The physician admitted that he does not treat every motorcycle accident victim, but he firmly believes that many motorcyclists involved in a wreck do not require care from a trauma team because wearing a helmet decreases the risk of severe injury or death.
A severe motorcycle accident that occurred on Friday afternoon illustrates why Halifax Trauma Center is busy during Bike Week. A motorcycle operator sustained severe injuries with he crashed into a car that turned left in front of him. Additionally, almost 30 riders sustained various injuries during a pile-up in a Motorcross event.
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