What kind of nurse would I be, really, if I didn’t post something about firework injuries on July 4th?
This is one of those time specific things ED’s deal with. One thing you may not know is that in most ED’s I’ve worked, the local fire department likes us to keep track of firecracker related injuries and submit that data to them. It’s generally age and type of injury to avoid violating the patient’s HIPPA rights.
This link is for firework safety: http://www.cpsc.gov/info/fireworks/
Firework related injuries: http://www.traumaf.org/featured/6-29-04fireworks.html
Stats of firework injures: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/focus/fireworks.shtm
So, please, enjoy the holiday. But, stay safe and legal! I’ll be working and I don’t want to see you in the ED.