Trauma doctors bracing for busy St. Patrick's weekend

Revelers at the 2012 St. Patrick's parade in downtown Montreal.
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Doctors at the MUHC are bracing for a busy weekend in the trauma unit.

They call it the "Jackass phenomenon" and it is related to all the booze that flows during St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

In fact, parade weekend is one of the busiest of the year for the trauma unit.

"They usually come in after falls, after car crashes," says Dr. Dan Deckelbaum, the MUHC's chief trauma surgeon. "And some of them are related to the 'Jackass phenomenon'"

Deckelbaum says the drunker you are when you get into mischief, the more severe your injuries tend to be.

He is urging Montrealers to party responsibly this weekend and use designated drivers.

Dr. Deckelbaum says half of the trauma cases he sees every year involve alcohol, with St. Patrick's Day weekend a significant contributor.

The 191st edition of the St. Patrick's Day parade is set for this coming Sunday.

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