Christmas plea from doctors and nurses: give us a break!

GLASSING attacks, drug overdoses, road fatalities and alcohol-fuelled trauma.

That's just some of what our emergency doctors have to put up with over the 'silly' season.

But this Christmas, our doctors and nurses have one wish - give them a break - a restful time - not one of the busiest seasons of the year.

Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation (QEMRF) Chairman David Rosengren said each day Emergency Departments dealt with horrific and life changing injuries which could have been prevented.

"QEMRF researchers are the doctors who see it, treat it and know how to fix it," Dr Rosengren said.

"At this time of the year, as Emergency Department admissions nearly double, our teams, technology and training are truly tested.

"From king hits to glassing attacks, drug overdoses and road fatalities, the scope and severity of injuries varies widely over the holiday period."

Dr Rosengren pleaded with party-goers and motorists to help take the pressure off emergency wards.

"Unlike most businesses at this time of year - the QEMRF wants less people through Emergency Department doors," he said.

"This is supposed to be the happiest time of the year and our emergency doctors don't want to spend the festive season surrounded by heart-breaking injuries.

"But for those who do end up in an Emergency Department, we want our research, training, technology and highly skilled people to help them go back to their loved ones."

Dr Rosengren said QEMRF research was making an invaluable contribution to the lives of many Queenslanders.

"Our grants are directed into public hospital research which improves waiting times, patient care and hospital efficiency across the state and around the country," he said.

"For example, our emergency doctors are seeing amazing results from new ways of delivering oxygen to patients following severe haemorrhage.

This research is vital because blood loss is responsible for more than half of all trauma deaths in the first 48 hours after hospitalisation.

"We are also helping fast-track hospital treatment for road crash victims by up to 40 minutes.

"This is thanks to pre-hospital ultrasounds which are being trialled in ambulances to detect internal bleeding before patients reach Emergency Department wards.

"On top of that, our grants are helping revolutionise the treatment of children's head injuries in hospitals across Australia."

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