Injuries galore during the warm weather in Latvia, say doctors

The number of injuries has increased significantly since the start of the summer, according to Trauma and Orthopedics Hospital, LSM reported June 20.

At the moment, the number of patients per day is higher than the slippery days in winter. The flow of patients has increased significantly and doctors call on the public to be more responsible in regard to their health when engaging in sporting and leisure activities.

On warm days, the number of patients per day exceeds 100, which is 25% more than on cooler days. Many injuries occur due to recklessness and being intoxicated, said the trauma hospital's chief doctor Uģis Zariņš.

"The number of injuries from electric scooters has increased dramatically. These injuries are still in large numbers and well above the level now than in the spring. Such injuries are usually severe and long-term,"  said Zariņš.

Similarly, injuries are caused both by reckless handling of sharp objects in the kitchen, by handing gardening tools and by sporting in inappropriate footwear and environments, such as playing football in wet grass barefoot.

With the Midsummer festival approaching, doctors predict an increased number of patients and called on the population to treat their safety more responsibly, not to be reckless, and to be careful with alcohol. There is an increase in injuries every year during the Midsummer holiday, with a high proportion of them associated with being intoxicated.

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