Gundersen sees seasonal rise in emergency visits due to snow - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

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


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.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at