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4th of July: The Brutal Truth About Fireworks.

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014

4th of July: The Brutal Truth About Fireworks.
Traumatic amputation of the first ray with eventual surgical amputation of the 1st through 3rd ray.

Traumatic amputation of the first ray with fracture dislocation of multiple carpal bones. Post-Op: surgical amputation of the 1st through 3rd ray and several carpal bones. This type of injury can occur by holding an explosive with a closed fist.

I was on call last night (July 3rd) and saw a case just like this one. It made me think of you guys out there in Premed Nation, because he was about college age, like all of you. I hope you have a happy and safe holiday. You are all on a great track and it would be a shame to see something like this throw you off course.

I wanted to share a few statistics about firework injuries from the USA.gov website.

Most Injured Body Parts

  • 46%: Hands and fingers
  • 17%: Eyes
  • 17%: Heads, faces, and ears
  • 5%: Trunk
  • 4%: Arms
  • 11%: Legs
  • More than half the injuries were burns.

Injuries by Fireworks Type

  • 17%: Sparklers
  • 14%: Reloadable Shells
  • 13%: Firecrackers
  • 7%: Roman Candles
  • 6%: Bottle Rockets
  • 6%: Novelties
  • 2%: Multiple Tubes
  • 1%: Fountains
  • 3%: Public Display
  • 29%: Unspecified

Injuries by Age

  • 40%: 25-44
  • 14%:45-64
  • 10%: 10-14
  • 10%: 15-19
  • 9%: 20-24
  • 9%: 5-9
  • 7%: 0-4
  • 1%: 65+

Be safe!

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