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Doctors seeing dozens of ice-related injuries

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Thick ice is still hanging on to sidewalks, streets and parking lots in Iowa City. It's already sent dozens of people to local hospitals and clinics this winter.

Dr. Azeem Ahmed at the University of Iowa Hospital has dealt with ice-related injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.

"We've seen a wide variety of fractures of wrists and legs, and even more serious injuries such as hip fractures and pelvis fractures," said Ahmed. He's also treated people with inter-cranial hemorrhages, or head-bleeds, after striking their head on the ice.

Ahmed says the day of an ice storm and the day after is when he sees the most patients. Some of them aren't even walking when they fall.

"We do have people who ride their bikes year-round, including scooters and motorcycles." He says using extra caution on steps, and simply walking or riding a bit slower, can prevent most accidents.

"What we recommend is appropriate footwear, and simply avoiding the ice."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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