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Published January 23, 2014, 05:22 PM

Slick walking conditions increase emergency room visits

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Be careful when you walk outside, because it can get pretty slippery.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Be careful when you walk outside, because it can get pretty slippery.

Essentia Health says it is seeing more patients with ice related injuries because of the cold outside, and the ER is dealing with those injuries mostly in the mornings, as people walk their animals and leave for work.

Dr. John Baugh, ER doctor at Essentia Health: “Somebody falls and hits their head and CT scan and exam is normal most of them go home. Some people have things like broken bones, broken hips that require hospitalization.”

Baugh says the injuries are preventable and often happen when people aren't wearing proper shoes or walking too fast.

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