Chicago hospitals brace for 'polar vortex'

Alyssa Rege - Print  | 

Chicago is expected to be colder than Mount Everest and Antarctica this week, according to The Hill, and area hospitals are gearing up to help keep people warm and safe during the icy weather.

Record-breaking cold temperatures are expected to hit Chicago this week, with wind chills expected to drop to as low as 44 degrees below zero Tuesday night, the Chicago Tribune reports. Area hospitals are preparing to see a potential influx of frostbite and hypothermia cases in the days to follow.

"When you're talking about wind chills like this, [frostbite] can happen in minutes," Adam Black, MD, the medical director at the AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center emergency department in Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.

How six Chicago-area hospitals plan to help patients during the cold weather:

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