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For Release: Feb. 10, 2011 – Larry Weatherford, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601
Update -- Winter Storm Injury Statistics
Winter storm-related injuries reported at hospitals throughout Oklahoma in the past two days now total more than 240, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today. Of that number, 174 injuries were attributed to falls.
For Wednesday alone, 160 injuries were reported with 111 of those recorded as falls.
Health officials warn that extreme cold temperatures can lead to serious injury.
Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frostbite, hypothermia, or in extreme cases, death. Infants and the elderly are most susceptible to extreme cold. Frostbite occurs when the skin becomes cold enough to actually freeze. A loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the nose are symptoms of frostbite. Hypothermia (low body temperature) can occur during longer periods of exposure when the body temperature drops below 95 F. A person will become disoriented, confused, and shiver uncontrollably, eventually leading to drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. In severe cases, death is possible. The following tips can help decrease the risk of cold exposure:
A summary of all winter storm-related injuries February 8 – 9, 2011 follows:
Winter weather precautions are available on the Oklahoma State Department of Health Web site at www.health.ok.gov.
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