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Football matches increase A&E workload

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A&E nurses face more pressure after high profile football matches, suggests UK research.

During the first weekend of the last World Cup in 2006, there were 50% more emergency calls made to Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust than on a typical Saturday, said researchers.

They found most of the increases were alcohol-related emergencies, including collapse,unconsciousness, assault and road traffic accidents.

‘The increase inassaults was particularly marked at the end of each match and increased again into the late evening,’ they said.

Emergency Medicine Journal (2007) 24: 405-407

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