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Columbus Regional Health Outpatient Services will resume regular hours on Thursday, December 27

Columbus -   Columbus Regional Health Outpatient Services will resume regular hours on Thursday, December 27, with one exception.

Nashville Physical Therapy will remain closed on Thursday, December 27.

 

While regular hours resume, patients are encouraged to use caution, drive safely and reschedule appointments if necessary.

"Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk. Stay indoors as much as possible, and avoid travel unless it is an emergency," said Twanette Lawson, CRH Nursing Supervisor. "Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up the body's stored energy, which could lead to hypothermia."

Warning signs of hypothermia

Adults:

  • shivering, exhaustion
  • confusion, fumbling hands
  • memory loss, slurred speech
  • drowsiness

Infants:

  • bright red, cold skin
  • very low energy

If you notice any of these signs, get medical attention immediately.

Shoveling snow

Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart, as it is working hard to keep your body warm. Adding physical activities like shoveling snow increases the risk of heart attack.

People with any sort of heart conditions, including high blood pressure, should avoid shoveling snow or other outdoor physical activities.

"Those who choose to complete outdoor chores should dress warmly, work slowly and pay attention to the warning signs of winter weather health concerns," Lawson said.

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