Hospitals in Florida have reported an uptick in the number of patients seeking treatment for orthopedic injuries in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Oct. 9.
A lot of the orthopedic injuries stem from people tackling jobs they wouldn't ordinarily do, according to Scott Selph, MD, emergency services director for HCA hospitals in West Florida.
"The number one injury we’re seeing are orthopedic injuries from cleaning debris, whether it's to clean up your yard, or using a ladder to get on the roof," Dr. Selph told the publication. "For the big jobs like tree removal or getting on a roof, just recommend hiring professionals for that."
In addition to orthopedic injuries, hospitals in areas affected by Hurricane Ian noted an increase in heat-related illnesses and respiratory issues, according to the report.