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Freezing temperatures, snow and ice causing more visits to urgent care centers

Updated: Friday, January 3 2014, 09:37 PM CST
Reported by Ewa Roman:

YORK -- The freezing temperatures are causing more people to slip and fall, and some local doctor’s offices say the number of those types of injuries has doubled this past week.

As you can see, the temperature is in the single digits, causing the ice to form and people to slip and fall. But that's not the only injury you should be worrying about in this type of weather.
 
Doctors at Patient First in York County have seen the number of slip and fall injuries double this past week and Mother Nature is to blame.

"I think it's more common because a lot of people don’t see ice, particularly black ice,” commented Doctor Linda Taylor with Patient First. “With this particular snow fall there's actually ice under the snow"

People are coming in with things like sprained ankles and wrists. But there are things you can do to keep this from happening.

"Particularly elderly people, if you know you're not steady on your feet, just don’t go outside if you can help it,” advised Taylor.  “Make sure you have proper shoes, proper gripping, if you see something that appears as though it's black, just don't step on it, try to avoid it."

Scraping the ice from their car, one family says they're lucky they've never fallen on ice, but know people who have.

"No I haven't but I'm sure there's a lot of that going on,” commented Steven List.  “If I would, I might not be in too good of shape at my age ha ha!"

"I can imagine with the amount of ice that we have and people, we had a couple mild winters and people weren't used to it and now, if not expecting it, I can see that being a problem," added Ryan List.

Ice is one thing, but doctors say with these types of temps, you should also be aware of hypothermia and frostbite.

For adults, signs of hypothermia include shivering, confusion and slurred speech. And for infants they are bright red, cold skin and low energy.

Warning signs of frostbite include a white/grayish yellow skin, that's waxy or firm and numbness.

"Just be safe when you're outside, dress appropriately and keep warm, try to keep everything covered,” advised Doctor Taylor.  “It's supposed to get down to -4 tonight, so if you have to be outside, try to cover what you can. And I’ve seen some people walking around in shorts today and that's not appropriate."
 
Doctors at Aspire Urgent Care and PinnacleHealth are also reporting similar stats.
Freezing temperatures, snow and ice causing more visits to urgent care centers


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