Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: Be Safe in the Cold!

December 15, 2017

With the snow starting to fall, many are getting ready to go outside for some winter fun! When you go outside, be careful, bundle up and stay safe.

According to the WHA Information Center, there were 13,276 winter-related emergency room visits to Wisconsin hospitals last winter. In addition to frostbite and exposure to the cold, some of those emergency room visits included:

  • 10,274 falls due to ice and snow
  • 984 visits related to downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tubing
  • 117 visits related to ice skating

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy in the winter, visit the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/index.html.

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.
 

This story originally appeared in the December 15, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter