Ice, snow causing increase in ER visits
NEW YORK (WABC) -- An increase in snow and ice this winter means an increase in falls and injuries.
Some hospitals are seeing three times the number of patients they'd normally get in the winter.
Most New York City emergency rooms are busy, but at Maimonides Medical Center, they've seen a 300% increase in what are thought to be cold-related injuries.
"We've seen broken ankles. broken wrists, broken shoulders, broken hips, we've actually seen a couple of folks fall, strike their head and end up bleeding inside their brain," said Dr. John Marshall, of Maimonides Medical Center.
Director of the ER Dr. John Marshall says they've seen patients with heart attacks after shoveling and severe rotator cuff injuries.
"When they fall and the arm gets pulled back and they end up tearing the muscles in the rotator cuff or dislocating the joints in the shoulder," Dr. Marshall said.
In the last two weeks, this ER had 401 patients presenting with falls and traumatic injuries. That's three times higher than the 138 patients they had in the two weeks before the winter storms.
"I hurt right here on like on my hip. It was numb at first and it felt like a stabbing pain," said Abigail Figueroa, 14 years old.
14-year-old Abigail Figueroa slipped on the ice while running for the bus.
"I did not expect this to happen. I thought it was going to be a regular, normal day," Figueroa said.
Even in the calm before the next storm, there are those deceiving patches of ice. They are so solid; it's like part of the permanent landscape.
Even if you're sick of the boots, keep them on.
Even sneakers are slippery, as Abigail found out the hard way.
"I'm definitely not going to wear sneakers in the snow again," Figueroa said.
As you navigate the snow and ice, it may help to walk like a penguin; bend your knees, spread your feet a little, and take shorter steps.
It also helps to lean forward to shift your center of gravity forward over your front foot.
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