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The icy conditions have caused a surge in broken bones

Acute shortage of beds due to broken bones

Published lördag 12 februari 2011 kl 12.19
Icy pavements have caused a surge of broken bones and placed large demands on hospital beds.Photo:Heiko Junge/Scanpix

Orthopaedic departments in hospitals in the Stockholm area are struggling to cope with a surge in operations during the past month because of the icy conditions.

Lennart Adamsson, head of operations at the orthopaedic unit at Karolinska hospital told TT news agency - "It has been extremely icy. We have been very, very hard hit."

The clinic usually performs between ten and fifteen operations every day with around half that number accident related. However, during the the last three to four weeks, the clinic has had three times as many urgent operations and around 80 percent of them have been related to people slipping on the ice.

"The big problem in Stockholm inside orthopaedics is the heavy shortage of urgent beds. We can continue to perform operations but the shortage of beds is acute," Lennart Adamsson said.

TT writes that the most common ice related injuries are broken wrists and ankles.

"The cost are big to society of all these injuries. There are many young in these groups not only the elderly."

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