Icy weather sends many to emergency rooms

If you slipped and fell on your sidewalk or front steps during Sunday’s blasts of freezing rain, you are not alone. Emergency rooms throughout the state saw an influx of traffic throughout the icy weather, mostly due to slips and falls. Greenwich Hospital reported 178 ER visits Sunday, up from their typical 120. And St. Vincent’s Medical Center saw about 30 patients an hour during the height of the slick conditions.

Bridgeport Hospital saw about the number, too, said Dr. Rock Ferrigno, chairman of Bridgeport Hospital’s emergency department. The two things that amazed him most is that pretty much everyone who came is was injured in a slip and fall, with few motor vehicle accidents. Also, the falls weren’t among the elderly — primary victims of these sorts of weather-related accidents — but the young and healthy. Ferrigno said many of those injured were seriously hurt, some with head injuries, and they had multiple people in the intensive care unit. However, he said, all the patients seem to be recovered.

At Yale-New Haven Hospital, slips and falls also were seen in high volume. A hospital spokesman said there was a huge uptick in traumas, orthopaedic injuries from falls on the ice over the past 24 to 36 hours, starting Friday. Hand, wrist and leg injuries were the most common injuries seen.

Amanda Cuda