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Official: EMS stats a mixed bag

By Brady Bauman

Larry Couchman, director of emergency EMS services for Riley County, said the emergency response statistics from this year’s Fake Patty’s Day were better in some ways and worse in others.

Overall, there were 45 calls for service Saturday with 31 one of them related to Fake Patty’s Day — down from last year’s total of 46 Fake Patty’s Day-related calls.

However, there were 24 emergency room patients related to the event compared with 18 from 2013.

The highest blood alcohol level recorded this year was a 3.43. This tops last year’s highest, which was 3.33. The legal limit is .8.

The blood alcohol level “kind of defines the event,” Couchman told Riley County commissioners Monday morning. “It’s truly a binge-drinking event.”

Of those 24 ER patients, four were admitted with one to the intensive care unit, one to a lower level ICU, one to surgery and another to the medical floor.

Alcohol consumption was the primary reason for 13 of those patients, four of them underage.

“There’s such a potential to have such a such a higher number (of underage drinkers), so I think that’s a good positive number,” he said.

Couchman reported that one incident saw a person fall through the glass window of Cold Stone Creamery in Aggieville Saturday. Couchman said the person was miraculously not seriously injured and did not have to go to the hospital.

Couchman also noted two sexual-abuse cases from Saturday.

The numbers generated for Couchman’s report were taken from a 31-hour span that started early Saturday morning into Sunday morning.

Couchman compared the Fake Patty’s Day numbers with 2013’s Country Stampede, which was a five-day event.

For Country Stampede, there were 14 ambulance transports and 29 patients treated in the ER.

On Fake Patty’s Day alone, there were 11 ambulance transports.

Couchman also noted many of the incidents came from Fake Patty’s Day attendees that were from out of town.

“Overall, from an emergency services standpoint I’m very pleased,” he said. “I think law enforcement did a great job as far as the management of it.”

Couchman closed with criticism of the fake holiday and its impact on Manhattan.

“I still challenge the community,” he said. “This is not a positive event for our community and these statistics show it with the type of cases we have and the amount of binge-drinking (that takes place). That’s what the event celebrates: an opportunity to binge-drink.”

One big drop in the numbers from last year was in cases from outside of Aggieville. This year there were eight, while last year saw 22.

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