Slippery Footing Sends People To ER

By: Bryan Latham Email
By: Bryan Latham Email

Ice and snow continue to blanket the heartland, making it difficult and dangerous to get around. Sidewalks, parking lots, even our own driveways are just a few of the really slick spots around town. Consequently there have been plenty of falls and injuries.

If you're out and about watch your step. Emergency rooms across the heartland have seen a lot people coming in with injuries due to falling. As of Tuesday, Creighton University Medical Center has seen more than two dozen in the past day and a half.

Sharise Engel's husband was lucky. "He almost fell and he caught himself but called me and said specifically be very, very careful because I don't want to have to go the hospital today with you,” she says.

Quick reflexes saved Tony Rohner. "I was over just walking on the sidewalk and kind of lost my footing, slipped, caught myself on the handrail,” he says.

Grace Kuhl and her friends hope they reach their destination in one piece. "If we all make it there to the French Cafe without a broken hip among us, we're doing well,” she says

However, on Monday, Richelle Sorensen was not so fortunate. "It's uneven, so my foot slipped down like this and the just went whoosh," she explains.

Sorensen was going only a short distance, from her house to her car, when she took a nasty spill. "I hit my tail bone and my hip on the way down just said oh."

Her injuries did not require a trip to the emergency room. But according to Dr. Wes Grigsby, plenty of falls have from slipping on ice. “Lot of wrist injuries, elbow injuries, occasionally we'll see a significant head injury. They are the ones most concerning to us but by and large it is upper arm, upper extremity, occasional hip fracture as well."

Sorensen is still a little sore, but she is relieved to be up and about. "I'm definitely lucky because if it would have been someone who was older, frailer, there's definitely potential for injury there, I went done pretty hard,“ she says.

Creighton University Medical Center isn't the only place to treat people who have fallen. Between, seven and noon Tuesday, Methodist Hospital says they treated 15 people because of ice-related falls. Experts say it's definitely good advice to take your time if you need to be out.

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