EMSA Treats For For Hypothermia, Urges Caution In Extreme Cold
TULSA, Oklahoma - EMSA is cautioning people to take precautions while outside in the record-setting cold. They treated four people for suspect hypothermia - or cold weather exposure - in the past 24 hours.
Kelli Bruer, EMSA spokesperson, said only one of the four required hospitalization. That person was located near the John 3:16 Mission downtown.
"Ages of the four patients ranged between 20 and 60 years old," Bruer said. "Three of the patients had significant exposure time overnight."
They encourage residents to limit time outdoors, dress in warm, water-resistant layers and keep a charged cell phone on your person if possible.
"Also, we urge everyone to check on neighbors and family members, especially the elderly and those with existing health conditions, to make sure they have appropriate heating or can be transported to a warm location, such as a family member’s home or shelter," she said.
For more information on resources, residents can call 211.
EMSA has also responded to eight motor vehicle accidents since midnight Sunday. Bruer said not all were related to wintry road conditions.