The Edmonton Oilers face the most emergency room visits for a full season, and they’re facing one of the toughest ones of all.
The Oilers’ annual ER visits are up more than 30% from last season, according to data from the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Division of Emergency Medicine.
The annual ER visit rates jumped nearly six-fold from 2013 to 2014, and the rate of ER visits in 2015 and 2016 has shot up by more than three-fold.
The Edmonton Oilers’ ER visits for the 2015-16 season.
The club said it plans to double its ER visits.
(Mark J. Rebilas/Associated Press)While Edmonton is facing its biggest annual ER challenge of the season, the team is not alone.
The Ottawa Senators, who have the NHL’s second-lowest average ER visit rate, also are struggling with a huge backlog of ER calls, according the AHL’s website.
The team’s ER visits rose by 18% last season after increasing only 8% in 2015-2016.
The NHL’s average ER visits rate has dropped every season since 2012-2013, when it was still under 10%.
The Senators’ ER rate has been rising since the 2014-15 season, but it is now about 20% below the league average.
The league’s average rate of emergency room calls dropped from 12.8 in 2013-14 to 10.8 last season.