Avoiding injury from icy conditions and the extreme cold

Since the onslaught of the storm began, the emergency room at Forrest General Hospital has seen a large increase of the number of people coming in with injuries or other medical problems related to the storm.

The icy conditions have led to people coming in with ankle injuries, broken hips or other broken bones from slips or falls. They have also led to numerous automobile accidents with injuries.  FGH Physician Dr. Woods says the best way to avoid the injuries is not to go out into it. If you have to be out, be aware of your surroundings and take extra time to get where you are going.

Folks that work or play outside or the homeless run the risk of hypothermia. Woods says if you are going to be out in the cold and wet for an extended period of time bundle up and wear layers.

"Hypothermia is very real and you may be healthy and you may think that you are going to be ok, but you can lose body heat and that is a real issue," said Woods.

If you think you have hypothermia the important thing is  to warm yourself by getting out of wet clothes, taking hot showers or warm baths. Drink hot cups of coffee or hot chocolate. Anything to get your body temperature up.

Loved ones should be mindful that seniors and young children are especially susceptible to hypothermia and should be watched closely.

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