Be Ready for Fast Breaks and Buzzer Beaters!

No one wants to have an emergency, especially at a time when you’d rather be watching those talented college basketball teams compete for the National Championship! However, life is unpredictable, and while no one can foresee the ups and downs at tourney time, you can be prepared for an emergency. Knowing where to go to get fast care can save your life or the life of a loved one.

If you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

At HCA Virginia, our emergency rooms continue our promise to be here when you need us most. We consider it a privilege as well as a responsibility to make sure that we provide excellent service to every patient, every time–service we know may sometimes begin unexpectedly in the Emergency Room. Our team of board-certified physicians, nurses and clinical staff treat all types of emergencies, at more locations in Central Virginia than any other network. When minutes matter, choose HCA Virginia ER care.

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Why do people visit the ER?

According to the CDC, Americans make 136+ million ER visits annually. If you or a family member has ever needed to visit the er for care, you have likely seen patients come in with a variety of problems, from the common (fever and headache) to the bizarre (turkey dropped on foot). Here are the most common reasons people visit the ER:

  • Headaches
  • Foreign Objects in the Body
  • Skin Infections
  • Back Pain
  • Cuts
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Sprains and Broken Bones
  • Toothaches
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Chest Pain

NCAA Bracketology

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Last year an estimated 40 million Americans filled out upwards of 70 million NCAA tournament brackets, and 60% of workers participated in at least one office betting pool. (Admit it, you’ve dropped a buck or 10 yourself.) All this is in pursuit of perfection in picking college basketball’s National Champion. Perfection is hard–or should we say impossible–to come by, with the odds of picking the winner for each of the tournament’s 68 games about 1 in 9.2 quintillion. You have a better chance of winning the Mega Million jackpot twice in a row!

The process of picking the winners has come to be called bracketology, and people use all sorts of tricks, from team colors or mascots to sentimental favorites or coin flips, all the way up to complicated mathematical formulas involving RPI, SOS, KenPom, and other acronyms. But for those of you who are just looking to win the office pool, here are some tips that might increase your chances over your coworkers. (Note, ignore tip #12; it applies to last year’s field - but it did turn out to be true.)

A #16 seed has never beaten a #1 seed in the tournament.

There are no shortage of odds-makers out there when it comes to bracketology, but below are a few golden nuggets that tend to shape the field year-over-year (these apply to the men's tournament only).

  • A #16 seed has NEVER beaten a #1 seed. Advance all of them to the round of 32.
  • A #12 seed almost always upsets a #5 seed, but they rarely make it past the Sweet 16. If your team is a #12, congratulations, but don't get sentimental about it. If your team is a #5, we're really sorry.
  • #11 seeds are just as dangerous as #12 seeds. For the last decade, at least one #6 seed has fallen in the first round.
  • There have not been multiple #1 seeds in the Final Four since 2009.
  • If you're desperate to move your favorite #1 seed to the Final Four, you should hope they get the South Region matchup. Six #1s from the South have made the Final Four since 2007 - 75% odds.

Your New Favorite NCAA Tournament Trivia Question

How many total games are played in the NCAA Tournament? While you watch your friend scratch their head, count on their fingers, get out some paper, or maybe their old trusted TI-82 calculator, know this: there are 68 teams in the big dance (yes, we have to count the "First Four"). 67 of them have to lose. There are 67 games in the tournament.

Keep testing your knowledge of NCAA Basketball March Madness with this quiz.


Celebrate the Madness Safely - 12 Party Tips

You can expect lots of madness on and off the court this March! Whether you plan to watch the games at a local establishment or are the hostess with the mostest, remember these safety tips:

  • If you’re going out, leave your valuables at home. Only bring what’s necessary, such as your driver's license, money, phone, and lucky t-shirt!
  • If you’re attending an event with a large crowd, stay aware of your surroundings and be sure you know where to go for help if necessary.
  • Don't drink on an empty stomach, and drink lots of water or non-alcoholic beverages between the alcoholic ones.
  • Never drink and drive. There are plenty of options to get home safely.
  • As always, if you plan to drink, don't drive! Protect yourself and others by having a designated driver.
  • If you are the designated driver, make sure everyone wears a seatbelt and be on the lookout for intoxicated walkers who may not be paying attention to vehicles.
  • Consider using public transportation or taking a cab to and from the party, so you can avoid leaving your car in an unfamiliar place overnight. Many places even offer free rides!
  • If you’re going out with a group of friends, have everyone “buddy up” to make sure they get home safely.
  • During binge-watching, don’t leave your drink unattended; for example, empty your drink before hitting the restroom.
  • If you get separated from your group, don't wander off alone. Ask the party staff to call a cab.
  • If the party’s at your house, have guests turn in their keys to you when they arrive, so you can ensure that everyone has a safe ride home. Be prepared to let your guests stay the night as an alternative.
  • Have phone numbers handy for a cab company, emergency contacts, and poison control.
  • Have plenty of food and snacks available so your guests aren’t drinking on an empty stomach.

Om, nom, nom... Road to the (Snacking) Final Four!

In the midst of the madness, you’ll have lots of opportunities to overindulge. But it’s possible to enjoy slam-dunk party snacks without putting on extra pounds. You just need a good game plan–watch your portions, plan ahead and try some of these healthier snack ideas.

Game-Time Munchies

These healthy snacks will score points with your guests.

Go Meatless

Cut the fat and cholesterol with these meatless swaps.

Run Up the Score

Pile on the points with a healthy assist from these recipes.

Defense Wins Championships

Guard against overindulging with these health and fitness tips.

Get Open on the Wing

You’ll score with these tips for healthier hot wings.

A Healthy Bench (of Snack Substitutes)

Get in the game with these better-for-you snack choices.

Advance to the Next Round

Try these recipes that steal the calories but deliver the taste.

Game Winners

Don't bust your diet bracket - try these winning finger foods.


Get Your Kids Involved

The college players we watch fighting it out for the National Championship probably began their basketball “careers” shooting hoops on playgrounds, in gyms and in driveways all over the country. Like millions of children and teens–boys and girls alike–they honed their skills playing in youth basketball leagues. With thoughtful support and guidance from their parents or guardians, kids can reap benefits from participation in basketball and many other organized sports.

Parents of youngsters who spend their evenings and weekends playing in a youth basketball league need to be realistic about the game’s benefits and about the possibility that kids can get hurt. The kids watch college and pro players scrambling on the court, diving for loose balls, leaping for rebounds, taking almost impossible shots, and they want to do the same. They play hard, but they’re still growing, so injuries from this contact sport should be taken seriously, and prevention is the key.

We hope you never need us, but if you do, HCA Virginia ER care is here for you.