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Gundersen sees seasonal rise in emergency visits due to snow, ice

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - This year La Crosse has seen more snow and ice on the ground, which brings more people to Gundersen Lutheran's trauma and emergency center.

Slips and falls during winter keeps the center busier than any other season, according to Trauma/Injury Prevention Coordinator Kim Lombard.

She said the spike happens every winter. Gundersen Lutheran staff is not seeing more emergency patients now than in years past.

But the patients they do see injured by snow or ice, often suffer broken bones and head injuries. Some slips even cause death, Lombard said.

Injuries become more severe when a patient is over the age of 65, she added.

"Adults over 65 generally at any time of the year can have a slip or a fall just because of their age, but when we look at the rest of the population, winter plays a part just because it's more slippery."

To avoid a spill on the ice, Lombard said people need to take smaller steps, widen their stance, and be aware of where they're walking.

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