CANNON FALLS, Minn. — Icy roads and sidewalks continue to cause problems for many in the Midwest. Dozens of injuries including wrist fractures, shoulder dislocations and head injuries have been reported in the emergency rooms at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls and Red Wing since last week’s winter storm.
“We are seeing an uptick in injuries related to the icy conditions and wintry elements,” says Gregory Kays, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System. “If you need to go outside, wear boots or solid footwear and use caution.”
Dr. Kays also suggests the following tips:
- Walk in designated walkways as much as possible.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets. By doing so, you lower your center of gravity and increase balance. You can also help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.
- Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance. Beware if you are carrying a heavy backpack or other load—your sense of balance will be off.
- In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy.
- If you must carry a load, try not to carry too much; leave your hands and arms free to balance yourself.
- When walking on steps always use the hand railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
- Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support.
- Take short steps or shuffle for stability. It also helps to stop occasionally to break momentum.
If you do fall and injure yourself, call your local medical facility if you’re unsure of the extent of the injury. If it’s severe enough, please call 9-1-1.
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