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PHE warns of increased broken bones risk amid cold spell

Wednesday 20th January 2016
Radiographers could be facing a busy period as the cold weather sparks increased broken bone fears. Image: Thinkstock
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    Radiographers could be set to face a busier few weeks than normal, as the plummeting temperatures the UK is currently experiencing spark fears that more people may suffer from broken bones due to weather-related accidents.

    Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning to Britain's residents to take extra care when out and about over the coming weeks.

    The organisation's Dr Angie Bone stated: "It's worth remembering that while most outdoor, slips, trips and falls in weather like this are of those who are of working age, accidents can happen to anyone."

    Paul Gundersen, chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office, explained that snow, ice and frost are all likely over the next few weeks, with potentially severe weather conditions possible.

    Alongside advising people to be extra careful when walking in icy conditions to prevent broken bones, PHE recommends that people keep their homes heated to at least 18 degrees Celsius - something that is especially important for the elderly and immobile, as their bodies are likely to be more susceptible to cold-related illnesses.

    In addition, the healthcare body suggests that people who require medication arrange for deliveries so they don't need to venture out into the cold, lowering their risk of catching a further illness or injuring themselves.

    It is a common trend at this time of year that accident and emergency departments experience a spike in patient numbers due to the weather, placing them under increasing pressure.

    Dr Bone added: "Although most of the advice on keeping warm and well in cold weather may seem like common sense, it's important to remember that cold kills, even in places where the temperatures aren't at their lowest."

    The cold weather can also exacerbate old aches and pains, again meaning radiographers may be in greater demand as X-rays are required to determine the cause of a problem.

    Written by Megan Smith

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