Independence Day is a busy time for emergency rooms, burn centers

July 03, 2018 - 4:44 am

Doctors in emergency rooms are getting ready for the annual increase in burn patients, most of whom hurt themselves with fireworks.

People who work in the burn center at the University of Kansas Health System hold meetings ahead of the Independence Day holiday to make sure their resources are in place, just in case they get a lot of patients.

"Many times it's from explosions, like M-20s," said Dr. Dhaval Bhavsar, a plastic surgeon at KU Med. "We also see injuries as simple as sparklers."

The emergency room expects to see around 100 patients during the extended holiday period. They see a wide range of injuries, from minor to severe.

"Some of these injuries are not as deep and may not require surgery, but quite a few are deep 3rd degree burns or life altering blast injuries of the hand, requiring skin grafts and reconstruction," Bhavsar said.

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