ICES | Emergency Department Services in Ontario 1993 - 2000 - page 16

There are predictable peaks
in emergency department
volumes, which coincide with
public holidays.
Exhibit Highlights
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Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Emergency Department Services in Ontario
Data Source: Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
Exhibit 6: Busiest Days in the Emergency Department System in Ontario, 1993 to 2000
Number of times the day appears in the list
of twenty busiest days of the year (max=8)
% above average daily visit volume
for the year
1
Day
August Holiday Weekend
3
(Monday)
8
30%
Boxing Day
(December 26)
7
32%
August Holiday Weekend
3
(Sunday)
7
23%
December 27
6
35%
Victoria Day
4
(Monday)
6
27%
December 28
5
26%
Victoria Day
(Sunday)
January 2
Labour Day
(Monday)
New Years Day
(January 1)
Labour Day
(Sunday)
Thanksgiving
(Monday)
Easter
(Saturday)
Canada Day
(July 1)
5
5
2
5
4
2
4
4
3
3
24%
24%
22%
26%
20%
19%
22%
20%
1
Average calculated over 1993 to 2000
2
In years when these dates made the top 20 list, the date was associated with a weekend
3
In Ontario, the first Monday in August is a holiday now known as Simcoe Day, formerly Civic Holiday.
4
The Victoria Day holiday falls on the Monday closest to, but not after, May 24.
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