Pediatric emergency department census during major sporting events

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1158-1161
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • census
  • event
  • sports


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