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Pediatric Emergency Department Census During Major Sporting Events

Kim, Tommy Y. MD; Barcega, Besh B. MD; Denmark, T. Kent MD

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31827171f0
Original Articles

Objectives Our study attempted to evaluate the effects of major sporting events on the census of a pediatric emergency department (ED) in the United States specifically related to the National Football League Super Bowl, National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, and Major League Baseball World Series.

Methods We performed a retrospective data analysis of our pediatric ED census on the number of visits during major sporting events over a 5-year period. Data during the same period 1 week after the major sporting event were collected for comparison as the control. We evaluated the medians of 2-hour increments around the event start time. Subgroup analysis was performed for games involving the local sporting teams.

Results Our results showed no significant difference in ED census during the sporting events, except in the post 6 to 8 hours of the NBA finals. Subgroup analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers showed the same significant findings in the post 6 to 8 hours of the NBA finals.

Conclusions No major difference in pediatric ED census is observed during the most major sporting events in the United States.

From the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda, CA.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Tommy Y. Kim, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Room A-108, 11234 Anderson St, Loma Linda, CA 92354 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.