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Area hospitals treating hundreds of ice-related falls

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(KMOV) – The St. Louis area is still dealing with the aftermath of a messy ice storm that caused a lot of damage, and local hospitals are seeing the effects firsthand.

Sidewalks have proved to be especially hazardous, as patches of black ice are everywhere and are causing falls and trips to the emergency room.

Willis Corbett, 85, slipped and fell on the ice outside of his home Thursday night, hitting his head on a brick driveway.

He was just one of an estimated 100 cases in the emergency room at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center.

Dr. Thomas Wheeler says he’s seen everything from shoulder injuries to hip fractures, and that that it’s been a full and busy day for him.

Hospitals across the area also reported lots of ice-related injuries. Here’s a breakdown by the numbers:

Barnes-Jewish Hospital: 70 cases
St. Louis University Medical Center: at least 40

Belleville Memorial: as many as 75
Missouri Baptist: 40-50
St. Anthony’s Hospital: estimates 150 by early Friday
Alton Memorial: 12

Ice falls can be painful, so experts say exercise caution while walking outdoors.

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