December 19, 2014

Nebraska Med Center treating record number of fireworks related injuries

As of July 4th the Med Center treated 32 people for fireworks related injuries. That compares to 21 people for the entire month of July in 2011.

The first four days in July were extremely busy at the Nebraska Medical Center’s Burn Unit. Medical Director Dr. Debra Riley says they have treated 32 people for fireworks related injuries. Twelve of those were treated on the day of the 4th.

Dr. Riley says most of the injuries were to hands and legs but one man suffered facial injuries including a cut to the eyelid. She says most of the injuries were caused by artillery shells. People were holding them in their hands and setting them off or were accidentally set off when a live firework fell into box containing others.

Dr. Riley says the Nebraska Medical Center treated 20 people in the first three days of July and all were adults. She says the number of people treated in the month of July of 2011 totaled 21.