NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Emergency room staff throughout Middle Tennessee have been busy with people slipping on ice following Monday’s winter storm.
Lee Trevor is a registered nurse at TriStar Summit Medical Center’s emergency room in Hermitage.
He said the ER has seen a countless stream of patients coming in with injuries like broken wrists, hip injuries and head injuries after slipping on icy sidewalks and driveways.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people having slip and fall injuries,” said Trevor.
John Kneisel, who lives right outside Watertown, is one of those many patients. He said he slipped and fell Wednesday while helping a neighbor whose truck got stuck in a ditch.
“It was very slick and I took a hard fall,” said Kneisel.
Kneisel fell twice and injured his hip, shoulders and the back of his neck. He is still healing but is expected to make a full recovery.
Trevor said surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways are especially dangerous when dealing with icy conditions. He said salt, boots and baby steps are your best defense.
“You kind of want to walk like a duck or walk like a penguin [with your] feet kind of turning outwards with small gentle steps,” he explained.