We found some great examples of weird, unexpected and common problems that come into the E.R. around Thanksgiving. This activity is great for students to complete before holiday vacation when you're not ready to start a new lesson, but you still want students thinking. We like to give prizes (or snacks) to the student to solves all the cases first. For a printable/editable version of this sheet click here.
Answer: She’s suffering from anxiety! She married into a large, loud family and gets extremely nervous having a group of 20 raucous in laws in town for the holidays.
Answer: Holiday Heart!In 1978, Ettinger et al conducted a study evaluating 32 separate dysrhythmic episodes in 24 patients. These patients consumed alcohol heavily and regularly; in addition, they took part in a weekend or holiday drinking binge immediately prior to evaluation. Based on the results of this study, the term holiday heart syndrome was coined. It was defined as an acute cardiac rhythm and/or conduction disturbance, most commonly supraventricular tachyarrhythmia, associated with heavy ethanol consumption in a person without other clinical evidence of heart disease. In short - he drank too much at his family dinner!
- Answer: This patient has salmonella poisoning! Undercooked turkey or poultry can cause salmonella poisoning. Unfortunately for her and her dad, they both ate a ton of turkey during Thanksgiving, the mom happens to be a vegetarian.