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Le Bonheur sees spike in number of emergency room patients

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A record number of kids have been injured and airlifted to at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in one month. A record number of kids have been injured and airlifted to at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in one month.
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(WMC-TV) – A record number of kids have been injured and airlifted to at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in one month.

Right now, Le Bonheur is in the peak of its summer trauma season and doctors warn that heat, pools and fireworks could make for an even more dangerous time.

Susan Helm, of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, said staff members expect the number of traumas to increase during the summer, but this year has been extremely busy.

Helm said the hospital has seen roughly 800 more emergency room visits this year than it had at the same time last year.

During emergencies children are often airlifted to Le Bonheur.

Its pediatric trauma center averages between one and four helicopter flights a day. However, that number has gone up considerably. At least 25 helicopters have landed at Le Bonheur within the past week.

"We're seeing children because of car crashes. They were not properly secured in their safety seat," Helm said. "Bike crashes because they weren't wearing a bicycle helmet."

The hospital has also seen its share of drownings and near drownings at pools. Three-year-old Ava Grace Hart died at Le Bonheur after being found in a pool.

"Most of the near drownings or drownings we've seen this summer have been at residential or apartment pools and, in fact, where an adult has been there and that's why we recommend it's not only good enough to be present," Helm said. "You must be an active watcher with their eyes on the children that are in the water."

With the Fourth of July and fireworks around the corner, the hospital is urging parents to be cautious in an effort to prevent eye injuries or burns.

Le Bonheur has been designated a Level 1 Trauma Center, meaning it has resources and equipment readily available, 24 hours a day for children that need care the most.

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