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Local hospitals report spike in ice injuries

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Atlanta Medical Center reported that it has seen a spike in weather-related injuries this week. Doctors said they saw at least a half dozen patients on Friday, more than when the snow and ice were still falling earlier this week.

"With the warmer weather, people are getting overconfident, going outside then falling," said Dr. Robin Lowman, an emergency room physician.

Lowman said they have seen everything from broken arms to hip fractures to concussions.

Charles Wakes was one of those treated Friday morning. He slipped on black ice walking to the MARTA station.

"The next thing I knew, someone was standing over me and asking me if I was OK," said Wakes. "I don't even remember falling."

Wakes suffered a head injury and said his back and other parts of his body were in pain. Doctors treated and released him Friday afternoon.

Lowman said the best advice for people who start to fall is to protect their head.

"It's very easy for us to fix broken bones, but sometimes a bleed in the brain can be devastating."

Doctors said they recommend staying off the ice and waiting until all of it has melted.

"It's impossible to walk safely on ice unless you have ice skates," said Lowman.

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