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Posted Date: 1/12/2016

McLaren Macomb ER physicians urge you to take extra caution

car in snow

As your first verified trauma center in Macomb County, the team at the McLaren Macomb emergency department are among the front line when it comes to seeing patients who have sustained major injuries.

And although it’s been off to a slow start, winter isn’t going away any time soon with cold and icy conditions coming in, which unfortunately also cause a spike in the number of car accidents and other various orthopedic injuries.

“During the winter months, when its snowy and icy out, we see it all too often in the ER,” said Dr. James Larkin, physician and director of emergency medicine at McLaren Macomb.

“Patients are transported to us having sustained significant injuries after a driver lost control of their car on the road,” he continued. “Winter driving conditions are a real danger and we strongly urge all drivers to use the utmost caution when these conditions are present.”

Dr. Larkin and his colleagues in the ER would also like to remind everyone that risks associated with winter weather are not limited to the road. They recommend allowing yourself extra time should you have to drive, and to also salt sidewalks and other walkways.

“It’s also this time of year that we see an increase in orthopedic injuries associated with slip-and-falls,” he said. “Broken and fractured wrists and arms – we see quite a bit of those this time of year.

“Above all, simply take a few extra seconds and pay extra attention to consider your surroundings if it seems the least bit hazardous while you’re outside.”

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