Full moon brings madness to the ER

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Emergency room staff beware: Two super moons are scheduled for November 14 and December 14. And that likely means chaos and lunacy for hospital workers in the ER and delivery rooms.

Despite evidence to the contrary, doctors and medical workers throughout the country are convinced that full moons predict bedlam and an influx of patients who will suffer psychotic episodes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In fact, many hospitals beef up staff on those nights to prepare for craziness.

“Our bodies are 70 percent water, and because the moon moves the oceans, it moves the water in your body--people flip out,” Michelle Schusky, an X-ray technologist at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, told the publication.

John Becher, M.D., an ER doctor in New Jersey and Philadelphia until his retirement in 2012, told the WSJ that he is a firm believer in the phenomenon and doesn’t like to work a night shift during a full moon.

Yet the ER was relatively quiet at Yale New Haven Hospital during last Sunday’s full moon, according to the newspaper. But that won’t stop the hospital from having extra staff on duty on Nov. 14 and Dec. 14.

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