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Several treated for weather-related issues at area hospitals

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Area hospitals have treated several people for frostbite and other weather-related issues since record-breaking temperatures descended on the Chicago area.

Two people have been treated for frostbite at Swedish Covenant Hospital in the North Side Lincoln Square neighborhood, a statement from the hospital said.

The first, a 64-year-old homeless woman, was released in good condition Monday afternoon; while a 36-year-old man was released in good condition Tuesday morning, the statement said.

Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn has also treated two patients for frostbite, according to spokesman Mike Maggio.

A man who had been working outside was treated for second-degree frostbite to his ears and released Monday, Maggio said. A second person was treated for frostbite Tuesday morning and released.

"We haven't seen a lot of cases," Maggio said, noting that the hospital had seen more patients from weather-related crashes than frostbite cases.

In the past 24 hours, the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial "has seen 10 cases of cold related issues (only one of frostbite) and an additional 10 patients for slips and falls," spokeswoman Sheila Galloro said.

At Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, "We have seen four cases of frostbite and four people with hypothermia," spokeswoman Nora Dudley said.

NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Highland Park, Skokie and Glenbrook hospitals) has seen "three cases of frostbite and one heart attack, possibly related to shoveling," according to spokeswoman Collette Urban.

A spokeswoman for Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park said, "We did see a few cases of frostbite."

While the number of frostbite patients a Chicago hospital may treat varies from year to year depending on temperature, frostbite patients aren't unusual, according to Swedish Covenant spokesman Nick Przybyciel.

"The number of patients we've seen come through our emergency department over the last few days isn't unusual for a cold snap of this severity, where the city had enough time to provide warning and implement emergency plans," Przybyciel said.

In west suburban Aurora, the Fire Department has responded to 50 ambulance requests in the last 24 hours, Lt. Craig Mateski reported. Of those, "19 were due to weather-related auto accidents, various slips and falls; and two were related to frostbite."

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove has not had any reported cases of frostbite, but has "seen 26 falls and 10 motor vehicle crashes, all weather-related," spokeswoman Camille Vicino said.

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