Ice causing slips and falls in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -

Ice on Wednesday morning caused hospitals to see an influx of patients due to slips and falls on sidewalks in Wichita.

According to Matt Tyler, and emergency room nurse at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, they treated around 10 to 15 patients this morning between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., mostly elderly, all dealing with injuries from falling on the ice.

Alan King, for Wichita Public Works and Utilities, said he was one of the people who fell this morning after he thought the concrete was just wet.

"The neighborhood streets are very treacherous," said King. "I went out this morning to get my paper and went down like a ton of bricks and I'm still kind of limping around."

Tyler said most people want to immediately get up after they fall, and he said that's not the best idea. He offered advice to his patients throughout the morning on how to tell at that moment if a fall injured you badly.

"After you fall don't just try to get up right away," said Tyler. "Sit there for a second and really think about it. You're going to have some adrenaline and you're not going to be thinking about it.

Director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital said Tuesday morning they treated about 17 patients but that included some people from vehicle crashes and slips and falls due to slick road and sidewalk conditions.