Colorado Springs hospital sees increase in ice-related falls


UCHealth Memorial Hospital saw an increase in patients coming in because of falling on ice after recent snowstorms.

“You can have a very serious injury from just falling from a standing height,” Dr. Lucas Hennings, an Emergency Medicine Physician at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, said.

After last Tuesday’s snowstorm, the hospital reported they had 36 people come in because of falls.

“Most common are bone injuries, orthopedic injuries and broken bones,” Hennings said. “But some of the more serious injuries include hitting your head, causing bleeding on the brain, or breaking ribs.”

Hennings said it’s important for those walking in potentially icy areas to stay aware and keep in mind the temperature.

“People just need to be aware of icy driveways, and even the running boards on your car can be very slippery,” Hennings said.

He said elderly patients over the age of 65 are most at risk.

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