Frostbite Cases Rise As Temperatures Fall

January 03, 2018 07:01 PM

The colder the weather, the more cases of frostbite local hospitals treat. And the recent bitter cold temperatures have certainly seen a rise in cases of cold-related injuries.

Regions Hospital in St. Paul said it received the most calls for help on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day as temperatures stayed below zero. But they said the recent overall cold snap has led to many more visits to the hospital's emergency room and burn center.

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Dr. William Mohr said the majority of those cases have been people who planned to only be outside for a short period of time, but ended up spending longer in the cold than expected. 

"We rarely go a winter season in Minnesota without a few people losing fingers and toes," he said. "And the colder the winter, the more that happens. Even with all the interventional treatments we have here."

Mohr said even when people survive their cold-related injuries, they can often develop severe arthritis in the affected areas.\


 

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Lindsey Brown

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