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Slippery times may yield bumps, bruises and worse

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Icy conditions don't just lead to accidents on slippery roadways -- they are also the culprit for bruises, sprains and broken bones when an individual slips.

As of Tuesday afternoon, however, only two injuries -- one fall and one vehicle accident -- were treated at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

"I think most people have stocked up and are trying to stay in unless absolutely necessary," said Brian Wilcox, charge nurse in the emergency room. He noted there were several falls and broken bones after the last ice storm, in December.

As people may start getting around more later in the week -- or may think conditions are better than they actually are -- Wilcox had a few suggestions to prevent slipping and being injured.

"Make sure you don't wear any slick-soled shoes," he said. "And keep your drive and walkways shoveled as much as possible."

It's also a good idea to keep in touch with elderly family members or neighbors to see if they need any paths cleared, or items picked up, said Wilcox.