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Numerous Injuries Reported from Extremely Cold Weather

Thankfully the extremely cold weather hasn't led to any deaths at Lutheran or Parkview Hospitals yet but unfortunately there been numerous injuries reported.
Thankfully the extremely cold weather hasn't led to any deaths at Lutheran or Parkview Hospitals yet but unfortunately there been numerous injuries reported.

Hypothermia, frostbite, respiratory distress, muscle strains, and injuries due to falls are just some of the conditions emergency room doctors have been treating this week, due to the 12 inches of snow and subzero temperatures we've been experiencing.

"We've seen mainly falls, a lot of the falls wit the ice and slippery conditions, and some fractures out of that and a lot of automobile accidents."

In the Fort Wayne area, there have been at least 14 cases of frostbite, and 3 cases of frost nib.  Dr. Matthew Sutter with Lutheran Hospital says you have to pay attention to how you're feeling.

"It's important to keep track of how long you're outside.  Most of the time it's not a specific time rather than what you're feeling so once you hands start to feel numb and tingly, it's time to go inside and warm up."

There has been at least 1 severe case of hypothermia and even though temperatures are expected to rise after this week, you still need to be careful.

"It's easy to kind of relax once temperatures go up to 20's and 30's, because it seems warm compared to last week, but it's still easy to get frostbite, it's still easy to get hypothermia with that."

With many people having cabin fever this week, Dr. Sutter cautions on being too active outdoors once the temperatures go back up.

"There's been 1 heart attack that we've seen related to shoveling snow.  Most of the time it's people that haven't been exercising regularly, now getting outside and really trying to go at it."

The most common cold related injury at both Lutheran and Parkview Hospitals has been falls.  So even though the snow and ice might start to melt, continue to be very careful walking around outside.
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