Slippery sidewalks send some to the hospital

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More than 80 local schools and businesses were closed today as public works departments and residents worked to eliminate those layers of ice covering local streets and sidewalks. 
 
The ice is not just a problem for homeowners and businesses; paramedics had to take many trips back and forth from the hospital.
 
“The first couple hours I was here, we saw a bunch of ambulances with several people slipping and falling on the ice,” said Dr. Michael Hartmann, an Emergency Department Physician at Aurora Baycare Medical Center.  He says the ER was busy through most of the day with injuries from the ice.
 
“All sorts of extremity fractures, but most notable wrist fractures, hip fractures, ankle fractures,” he said.
 
He says a fall from the ice usually requires an x-ray, and takes four to six weeks to heal properly.
 
“I would just emphasize taking your time because if you do slip and fall, it’s going to be a lot more inconvenient for the next 1 to 2 months if you have to have an extremity in a cast.”
 

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