February 8, 2019

Verify: Can a ‘jumping’ cholla cactus kill you?

By Karl Oestreich

KPNX-12 NBC Phoenix

If you've grown up or lived in Arizona you've been around cholla cactus. But what happens if walk into one and the barb cuts the skin? We verify how dangerous these cacti are.  Dr. Stephen Traub from Mayo Clinic emergency medicine gives his insights.

KPNX-2 NBC Phoenix

Reach: KPNX-TV is the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. Its website has more than 590,000 unique visitors each month.

Context: Stephen Traub, M.D. is chair of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. In Arizona, Department of Emergency Medicine physicians provide care for patients at Mayo Clinic Hospital, a 268-bed hospital on the Mayo Clinic campus in northeast Phoenix. The Arizona emergency medicine team includes 18 board-certified physicians, over 70 registered nurses, and numerous other clinical support staff.

Contact:  Jim McVeigh

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