Slips and falls taking toll on B.C. Interior seniors

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital has seen spike in hip fractures over last two weeks

Health officials in the Interior are urging seniors to be extra cautious in winter conditions following a spike in hip fractures over the last two weeks.

The Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail has treated at least 14 people for broken hips during the prolonged cold snap.

“It’s noticeable. We do get hip fractures throughout the winter season always, but there has just been this pronounced little spike in the last couple weeks or so,” said Jane Cusden, the interim health service administrator for the Interior Health Authority.

She said the majority of patients admitted to hospital have been seniors and she attributes it to the recent chilly conditions in the Interior.

“Children and skiers love the winter wonderland we have here, but for seniors and those with mobility challenges, the slippery streets can be a hazard for them and lead them to the emergency room.”

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