It is Saturday and the MediYlläs medical centre opens its doors at midday. The first patient has already arrived half an hour early.
“I fell and hit my back very hard when crossing the road. If you collide with an immovable object, you always come off worse,” complained a Finnish visitor.
She wanted to ski for a few miles but never made it.
“I started to cross the road and thought it’d be best to take my skis off. I didn’t and then I suddenly found myself flat on my back.”
Katja Kuusimäki, a doctor at MediYlläs, examined the cut on the skier’s head.
“Most accidents occur when people put on or take off their skis, or when crossing an icy road with skis on. Excessive speed downhill is another risk,” Katja adds.
Last spring there were fewer skiing accidents than in previous years. This, the doctor said, is due to well-groomed trails and the good weather that helped keep the trails in optimal condition. However, the number of downhill accidents has remained the same.
“Most accidents on the slopes occur when jumping. Those patients often have head injuries or break a thigh bone,” Dr. Kuusimäki explains.
The rapid growth of winter cycling also shows up in medical centre statistics. All the same, Katja Kuusimäki points out that excessive speed is not always to blame. People out walking can also slip and hurt themselves.
Reduce the risk of injury by ensuring that your equipment is in good shape and your speed matches your ability level. Even so, sometimes it’s just a question of whether Lady Luck is on your side or not.
Various flu and influenza viruses circle the globe every year. Whether at home or on a trip, sometimes they’re hard to avoid.
“There are no antidotes to viruses and antibiotics are ineffective. Pharmacy products can help relieve the symptoms, but if they persist it’s best to visit your doctor,” Katja recommends.
On the other hand, spreading disease is easy to prevent.
“I have to say, you can never wash your hands too often. Remember to use soap, as hand disinfectant is not enough by itself.
If one of your group catches a stomach bug, then special cleaning precautions should be taken to prevent it spreading to other guests.
“Tell the cleaning staff about the illness or leave a note. Then they can react accordingly and use stronger detergents.”
So take good care of yourself and your companions and remember: if you get ill, don’t exert yourself. Get better first and then you can go off carving through the snow again.
In case of emergency
If you’re involved in an accident or emergency situation, or your health or life is threatened, then ring 112 for emergency services. If you download the “Suomi 112” (Finland 112) app and add your phone number to it, an emergency call (NB for emergencies only!) will record your location. This app can be downloaded free of charge from the App stores for Windows, Android, iPhone and Jolla mobiles. Over 1.3 million users have downloaded this application since the end of 2017.