Doctors and emergency rooms across Nebraska are bracing themselves for possibly a very busy weekend. New Year’s Eve is on a Saturday this year and that means more people will likely be out celebrating the arrival of the New Year. Paul Baltes is a spokesman with the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and he says while they won’t be making staffing changes, they are prepared if needed. They have staff on-call in case they get busy as well as specialists in case their skills are needed.
New Year’s Eve is typically a night where hospitals are busy due to accidents involving intoxicated drivers. Baltes says that hasn’t been a big problem in the Omaha metro area as many take advantage of free taxi cab rides home that are offered during the holiday season.
Another big concern on New Year’s Eve is injuries related to fireworks. Baltes says that is something relatively new in Omaha as this is only the second year fireworks are legal on New Year’s Eve within the city limits. He recommends everyone using fireworks to celebrate remember the advice they give on the 4th of July. Those tips include keeping a bucket of water handy and never let children have access to fireworks. Even the ones manufactured for children, like sparklers, are extremely hot and can cause severe burns.