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Emergency rooms prepare for busy New Year's Eve

Doctors at PeaceHealth say this New Year's Eve, they're ready to take on a surplus of visitors as they ring in the New Year.

Posted: Dec 31, 2019 6:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Doctors at PeaceHealth's University District Hospital say this New Year's Eve they're ready to take on a surplus of visitors. 

"We're prepared for anything that walks in anytime," said Dr. Charlotte Ransom, the lead emergency room doctor.

Ransom said they have their normal amount of staff ready to care for any and all New Year's injuries that walk through their door.

To avoid ending up in the ER, or having a bad hangover from overindulging, Ransom has some recommendations. 

"Staying hydrated, drinking water, if you drink at least water at least in between drinking alcohol, one, you'll probably drink less alcohol, and you'll stay hydrated," Ransom said. 

Experts said New Year's Eve is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year because consuming alcohol is part of the celebration for many people. Doctors said the aftermath of drinking too much alcohol is the furthest thing from a celebration. 

"Some people, there's the thought that if you drink more alcohol, you'll feel better. Drinking water, resting, certainly a little bit of Tylenol or ibuprofen for a headache," Ransom said. "In reality your body is just recovering from being poisoned, so it just takes time."

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