December 16, 2015
Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) emergency department has treated more than seventy people over the past two days for weather-related injuries and is asking Cheyenne-area residents to please be careful as they venture out onto slippery snow and ice-covered driveways, sidewalks and streets.
“We’ve treated more than 40 people for injuries suffered after having fender-benders and another 30 patients who have slipped and fallen on slippery surfaces,” said Dr. Jessica Kisicki, medical director of CRMC’s emergency department. Injuries range from sore or strained back and leg muscles to broken wrists and broken ankles
Dr. Kisicki recommends that people take their time when driving or walking on ice or snow. They should also wear clothing and footwear that will protect them from the cold and that will also help prevent slips and falls.
“This means wearing boots or shoes with soles that grip and are not slick,” said Dr. Kisicki, “in addition to a warm coat and scarf, socks, hats and gloves to protect extremities. This is especially important as the mercury drops and the wind picks up.”
Dr. Kisicki also cautioned people to be careful when shoveling snow. Shoveling sidewalks and driveways can be tough and even dangerous for anyone who is out of shape, has a heart condition or who may have other health-related issues.
“Pace yourself and do not lift loads that are too heavy and could strain your back,” she said.
Those who are not fit or have health concerns should ask for help.
“People in this community are usually more than happy to lend a hand to a neighbor or someone in need,” Dr. Kisicki said.
Dr. Kisicki said that most of the weather-related injuries have not been life-threatening, “and we’d like to keep it that way.”