Icy Sidewalks Mean Busy Emergency Rooms

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – All the ice in Philadelphia has made for busy emergency rooms.

Some surgeons specializing in foot and wrist injuries say they see about a 20-30% increase in traffic to their offices after a big snow or ice storm, and Dr. Shyam Brahambhabatt from Abington Hospital says these past couple of days have been busy, as anticipated.

“In fact I saw a lady who was coming to see me for shoulder pain, but slipped and fell in the parking lot,” Brahambhabatt says.

Dr. Pedro Beredjiklian with the Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital says slipping on ice can really do a number on your body.

He offers tips for those trying to maneuver through the icy remnants of Philadelphia’s slippery streets and sidewalks. “Hold onto railings, make sure they have the right shoe wear, walk around lighted areas. Wearing mitts or protective gear on their wrists can help.”

Both of these doctors say if you do fall, your reaction tends to be involuntary, so it’s difficult to control, but if you can, protect your head.  They say a wrist or foot injury is better than a head injury.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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  • UFO

    The city can spend millions of dollars putting up tiny plastic reflectors on city street light posts but the city can’t spend a dime preventing accidents like these from happening….shame…shame on you Mayor Nutter. This city needs a big change come the next mayor elections, we need to keep people like you “Nutter” out of office.

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  • Anne Frankenstein

    It is sad that the rain has done more for snow removal then Nutter and the City of Philadelphia.

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