Dr. Eric Nazziola, of St. John's Riverside Hospital, discusses dangers of harsh cold
WHITE PLAINS - Record cold temperatures are creating hazardous conditions for people going outdoors.
Health officials are urging people to stay inside if possible. They say to take precaution and wear multiple layers of clothes if you do have to go outside.
Doctors at the St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers say they are seeing record numbers of broken bones and fractures due to slipping on ice.
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Dr. Eric Nazziola, director of the emergency department at St. John's, says two of their biggest concerns are frostbite and hypothermia. "Go inside and just warm up. Drink some warm fluids and you'll be alright. If that doesn't work, then you have a more serious problem and you need to seek medical attention," says Dr. Nazziola.
Nazziola warns that fingers, toes, ears and noses are the areas most susceptible to frostbite and says it can set in within matters of minutes.