Emergency rooms were busy in Omaha over the 4th of July holiday treating people for fireworks related injuries. Dr. William Gossman is the chairman of emergency medicine at Creighton University Medical School and says at the University Campus – Bergan Mercy they treated four patients.
Dr. Gossman says, “Two of them involved artillery shells. One of them a piece hit someone’s eye and then another one when it exploded it caused 1st and 2nd degree burns. Another person had an M-80 exploded and it caused 2nd degree burns from that. Then another one was a sparkler injury which mainly causes burns because they burn at like 2,000 degrees.”
CHI emergency rooms treated 18 people for fireworks related injuries over the past few days including a 12 year old and two 13 year olds. Dr. Gossman says spectators of home displays are at risk of injury as well. He says about 50-percent of fireworks related injuries they treat are people sitting on the sidelines enjoying the show.
As far as injuries at the CHI Health facilities in the Omaha metro area, Dr. Gossman says this was about an “average” year for injuries.