July 4th brought a large number of firework injuries to hospitals
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July 9, 2021
It was an incredibly busy holiday weekend for the doctors and nurses at UCHealth Burn Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. This year brought even more burn injuries related to firework and grill accidents.
“The number of burn injuries has gone substantially up compared what I’ve seen in years past,” said Dr. Patrick Duffy, a UCHealth burn surgeon. He said the last two years have been particularly busy.
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“We were certainly involved with responding to a number of people who lost parts of fingers and hands and what not for having fireworks go off while they were holding them,” Duffy said.
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One of the more common culprits of these burn injuries? Sparklers.
“Even those simple little sparklers can wind up leading to severe burns that require surgery,” he said.
Doctors recommend not leaving children alone with fireworks, including sparklers, during the Fourth of July or any other holiday.
“We also see a lot of people who wind up drinking and celebrating around campfires and falling into the campfires,” he said.
Propane grills were also responsible for quite a few injuries during the holiday weekend.
“If people go to relight the grill without opening the lid and airing out that propane that’s filled there, essentially you are turning your propane grill into a giant bomb,” Duffy said.
He hopes as the summer continues that residents will take precautions and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
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