St. Vincent gives away 17 tons of salt to prevent falls

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Saturday, an Indianapolis hospital gave out thousands of bags of salt to raise awareness about injuries related to falling on ice.

The Department of Public Works donated 17 tons of road salt for St. Vincent Health’s annual Ice Breakers project. Volunteers bagged close to 7,000 bags.

One doctor says the ER sees hundreds of fall-related visits every winter season.

“Some of them may be very minor, but we see lots of wrist fractures, lots of hip fractures, even sometimes see some very serious head injuries,” Dr. Marcus Hendry said. “Even if this helps one person’s grandma to not fall and break their hip then it’s worth it.”

St. Vincent will hold another salt giveaway next week at its Fishers hospital.

You can pick up the bags starting at noon on Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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