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Fireworks Season Brings Burn Injuries, Amputations, Surgeons Warn

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, doctors across the U.S. see a spike in the number of burns and blast injuries caused by fireworks. This year, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is reaching out to the public with a reminder about the devastating injuries fireworks can cause, most commonly to the hands. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 11,000 firework injuries occurred in 2016. Hands and fingers accounted for one-third of the firework-related injuries, with the head and face being the second most common part of the body injured. “In ... Read More

Burn Injuries Trigger PTSD in Many Patients, Study Finds

Severe burn injuries can leave patients with permanent debilitating scars, but what about the emotional and psychological wounds? A new Loyola Medicine survey has found that nearly 16 percent of adults who suffer burn injuries also screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), indicating that the pain of burn injuries is more than skin deep. The survey was conducted by clinical psychologist Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, licensed clinical social worker Kelly McElligott, AM, and colleagues from Loyola Medicine’s Burn Center, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Burn Association in Chicago. “We identified a significant group of ... Read More

Fire Pit Mishap Results in Serious Burn Injuries

Following a fire pit explosion that left 12 people with burn injuries in Glendale, Illinois, fire officials want to remind the public of some basic fire safety tips. “Never introduce a combustible liquid into a fire that’s already going,” a Glenside Fire Protection District firefighter told Chicago’s ABC 7 News. Dousing a fire pit, grill, or other open flame with gasoline, lighter fluid, and other types of combustible liquid can create a path from the fire to the fuel source, resulting in a potentially deadly explosion. Although the April 28 Glendale explosion remains under investigation, fire officials said the incident was ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Leaves Georgia Man With Third-Degree Burns

An e-cigarette explosion caused by a spare lithium battery left a Georgia man recovering from severe burn injuries to his leg, and his family in financial hardship. Atlanta’s CBS 46 reports that the man, identified in a GoFundMe post as William Dodd, was at his fiancée’s mother’s house when a spare battery for his e-cigarette exploded in the front pocket of his pants. Mr. Dodd’s fiancée, TommieLynn Jordan, told CBS 46 that she thought at first that her future husband was lighting off fireworks inside her mother’s house. “At first I thought he had a firework in his pocket. I ... Read More

Anadarko Cited For Another Deadly Colorado Gas Explosion

Anadarko Petroleum and three other companies have been cited for safety violations in connection with a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and left three others with severe burn injuries. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulators responded to a gas explosion in Mead, Colorado, about 35 miles north of Denver, in May 2017. The deadly explosion occurred at an Anadarko construction site where workers were merging two tank batteries into a single tank battery. According to OSHA, explosive vapors and gases emitted by pipes connected to a crude oil tank accumulated in the work area and ignited when ... Read More

New Burn Center Opening in New Orleans

A new burn center will be opening soon in New Orleans, giving many patients along the Gulf Coast a more local option for the treatment of burn injuries. According to The Times-Picayune, the new integrated Burn Center and Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center is expected to open in February or March 2018. The new burn center is a big deal not only for those in the New Orleans area but for the country as well. According to Dr. Jeffrey Carter, the Medical Director of UMC’s Burn Center, there are only 1,900 beds available for patients with burn ... Read More

Nutribullet Explosion Allegedly Burns Latina Superstar’s Mother

The mother of the legendary singer Jenni Rivera is suing the manufacturer of the Nutribullet blender, alleging her blender exploded while she was making chili and left her with severe, disfiguring burns. According to CBS News Los Angeles, Rosa Rivera and her attorney held a press conference Tuesday that offered some details of the alleged Nutribullet explosion. According to Ms. Rivera’s lawyer, infomercials touting the Nutribullet fail to warn consumers about the appliance’s hidden dangers, which include a build-up of pressure inside the canister that can cause it to explode. Ms. Rivera, who lives in Los Angeles, claims that her ... Read More

Vitamin D Helps Patients Recover From Burn Injuries, Study Finds

People suffering from severe burn injuries could experience faster recovery and fewer complications if their medical care includes vitamin D supplementation, a new study has found. Researchers with the Institute of Inflammation & Aging at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, found that vitamin D levels in patients plummet immediately after a burn injury but that adding vitamin D back into their bodies can improve the overall healing process. “Major burn injury severely reduces vitamin D levels and adding this vitamin back may be a simple, safe and cost-effective way to improve outcomes for burns patients, with minimal cost to ... Read More

Several Injured in Explosion at Connecticut Inn

Several people were injured in an explosion at the Spring Hill Inn in Mansfield, Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 21. At the time, the Inn was the location of an event hosted by the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, reports WFSB.com. According to police, six people were injured when a mystery explosion rocked the building. At least one person was transported to Hartford Hospital by Life Star. Although the injuries reported so far are non-life threatening, the incident was traumatizing. The evening of the incident, the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry was hosting an event to raise money for a mission for “providing ... Read More

Black & Decker Manufacturer Fined For Failure To Recall Dangerous Coffeemaker Carafes

A federal court has ordered the company that produces Black & Decker brand products to pay nearly $2 million in civil penalties for its failure to report dangerously defective SpaceMaker coffee carafes and for continuing to distribute the defective glass carafes after they were recalled. In addition to $1.9 million in civil penalties, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ordered a permanent injunction against Spectrum Brands Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, for its violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act related to its handling of the defective Black & Decker carafes. The injunction requires Spectrum to report to the court every ... Read More