Sleet, freezing rain cause weather-related injuries

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The slippery conditions caused by freezing rain today (Friday, Jan. 10) resulted injuries and a spike in emergency room visits.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s emergency, trauma, emergency medical services (EMS) and urgent care teams “treated a significant number of patients for weather-related injuries today,” according to a news release.

“Depending on the location, approximately 20 to 50 percent of the patients being treated were due to weather-related slips and/or falls or motor vehicle crashes,” AtlantiCare noted.

Approximately 80 percent of the EMS responses prior to noon were weather-related.

“By 10 a.m. we were treating far more emergency patients than we would typically see on a Friday morning in January at our Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton and at ARMC’s Mainland and Atlantic City campuses,” said David MacBride, D.O., medical director, ARMC Atlantic City Campus Emergency Center.

“We anticipate seeing patients later today and through the weekend at our hospital sites and at AtlantiCare’s urgent care centers as people who slipped or fell earlier in the day seek treatment.”

By 3 p.m. ARMC’s Satellite Emergency Department had treated 28 weather-related injuries, the Mainland Campus Emergency Department, Pomona had treated 30 weather-related cases and ARMC’s City Campus Emergency Center had treated 25 weather-related cases.

ARMC’s Trauma Center had treated at least three weather-related trauma patients and was expecting transfers from community hospitals throughout the region.

“ARMC’s emergency medical services team had twice the amount of crews on 911 calls that it would normally have on a Friday morning,” said Bob Mattle, Jr. director/chief of ARMC EMS, adding  that it also responded to 13 mutual aid calls in Camden, Atlantic and Cape May counties.

“Most of the weather-related injuries we’ve treated in urgent care are from falls due to the ice on the ground,” said John Ruskey, D.O. medical director, AtlantiCare urgent care centers, which has locations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Ocean counties.

“Injuries to the upper extremities and back injuries seem to be the most prevalent.”


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