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Bitter Cold Can be Health Hazard

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Exposure to the cold can be deadly and  should be limited to fifteen minutes at most. 

That's when skin exposed to cold air can get frost nipped or frostbitten according to emergency room physicians. Dr. Jim Riscoe at Mercy Hospital  in Joplin says parents can use their own discretion but he doesn't recommend sledding or any  outdoor activities because its too cold. He says those with underlying cardiac or pulmonary issues are especially in danger.

Dr. Riscoe says, "I strongly discourage anyone over the age of sixty from going out getting the paper, the mail, just wait for it to pile up, because its just too stressful. It's too slick, there's a layer of ice under all this snow, and this is the time of year we get a plethora of broken ankles, and broken hips, those are sometimes life ending episodes."

Dr. Riscoe says people in the Joplin region often underestimate the danger of the cold and don't dress properly for instances when they may get stranded in the cold.  He says its important to dress in layers, wearing mittens not gloves and cover skin.  Even with heavy apparel, Dr. Riscoe says no one should be outdoors any more than thirty minutes at a time. 

 

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