Emergency Department Sees 60% Increase In Attendances Due To Icy Weather

02/12/2010

It’s that time of year again when we see an increase in attendances at Emergency Departments because of slips and falls due to snow and ice.
The Royal Victoria Hospital have seen a 60% increase in attendance over last weekend compared to the previous weekend.

It’s that time of year again when we see an increase in attendances at Emergency Departments because of slips and falls due to snow and ice.
The Royal Victoria Hospital have seen a 60% increase in attendance over last weekend compared to the previous weekend.

Between Friday and Monday past our Emergency Departments treated 121 people who had a fall compared to 60 the weekend before.

“Typical injuries are wrist fractures and injures to shoulders and ankles” said Eoghan Ferry Consultant in Emergency Medicine. Dr Ferry went on to say that “if people have to go out in the current weather conditions they wear appropriate clothing and in particular they wear the right footwear as this could reduce the risk of falling”.

Road safety
To reduce road accidents remember to leave more time for your journey to work, make sure you have good visibility around your car and remember to check in with elderly neighbours and relatives who are at more risk during this period of cold weather.

Treatment of fractures
Fractures and dislocations are largely treated in ED and short stay wards, allowing many patients to be discharged without admission to a fracture wards.