ERs, mechanics among those mobilizing for cold snap - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) and Southwest Iowa (IA)

ERs, mechanics among those mobilizing for cold snap

Article Date: Jan 6, 2014

Cold temperatures settled over the Metro Sunday. The dangerous deep freeze contributed to at least a dozen emergency visits at Alegent Creighton Health Sunday. A hospital spokesperson said two of those cases were because of exposure to the cold temperatures. 

"You can get potential frostbite right away on the exposed surfaces, especially tonight, when it's supposed to be so cold. Plus there's so much wind tonight," said Lakeside Hospital Emergency Room Physician Adrian Dreessen. 

He said the hospital was prepared for more cold cases as the dangerous temperatures lingered. Dressing in layers help, Dreessen said, along with covering the neck and head, where he said a majority of body heat escapes. 

"Usually those areas further away from the body may get injured first. So, ears, sometimes face surfaces, fingers, and toes are the most common," said Dreessen. 

Dreessen said anyone noticing frostbite symptoms should visit an emergency room immediately. 

"If it becomes discolored--meaning pale or blue and stays that way--that absolutely needs to get checked out by someone professionally."

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