Icy Conditions Made For Busy Emergency Rooms

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin County Medical Center’s emergency room was very busy Saturday night and all day Sunday from the icy conditions.

Besides all the car accident victims, many people were slipping and falling on sidewalks and breaking their bones or hitting their heads.

By 1 a.m. Sunday, 42 people were already at HCMC because they had fallen.

And the fall victims kept showing up on Sunday as people went outside and didn’t realize it was so icy.

“Normally our visits are about everything in general so to have something that’s ascribed to a just single event and 20 percent of our visits for that single event, that’s a big statistic for us,” said emergency room Dr. Jeff Ho. “It was extremely stressful. What I would say is it taxed our system and we’re still digging out from it today.”

  • Shane Gillespie

    So will this help us prepare if a national disaster strikes home? – That will really tax the system. Instead of 40 some people, it might be in the thousands.

  • Greg Laden

    Last Feb I fell on the ice and was very badly injured (still working on that knee). Fortunately, I was the only such case in the ER at the time. But I do find it amazing how little attention is paid to salting or sanding parking lots and side walks.

    We went to the AMC in Coon Rapids last weekend (yu can guess why) and it my first time on glare ice since my injury. The parking lot had not been treated at all. It was rather traumatic. The manager got an earful from me. There is no excuse to run a business where people park in your lot and pay you for a service and you endanger them by waiting for the ice to melt by itself.

    (Oh, after the film, the route to my car was nicely salted.)

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