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Visiting nurses facing problems getting to patients after snow

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The latest snowstorm created a lot of problems for everyone around the metro and those include some in-home nurses and patients.

On a normal weekday more than 120 medical professionals with the Visiting Nurse Association are on the streets in Kansas City providing much-needed medical assistance - Tuesday there were three.

"The worst part is parking and getting into the homes. They can't come out and shovel," in-home nurse Lori Malmberg said.  

Malmberg couldn't make it out Tuesday, so she was playing a bit of catch-up Wednesday. For part of the day, she was treating Peggy Pearman, who battles diabetes.

"I can't get out, I can't call nobody cause they can't get out," Pearman said.

Visiting Nurses Association has been giving in-home care since 1891 so, when they see snow in the forecast, they set up a game plan.

"We try to see priority patients on Monday, but we have some that need to be seen every day. We have a few IV and wound care patients," Clinical Manager Marsha Krestine said.

Tuesday they battled the roads, but staff who are snowed in also checked in with every patient with a phone call.

"We always make sure they have flashlights, blankets, food, in the summertime air-conditioner or fans. We always make sure they have what they need," Malmberg said.

She said maybe the most important tool for in-home nurses during storms like this isn't the stethoscope.

"A good pair of boots and old pants to get around and be in the snow in case you get stuck," Malmberg said.

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